We are told that to do something the same way again and again despite failure of this way to produce the desired results is one way of defining insanity. I would tend to agree–in particular cases. However, this and all premises are based on the assumptions that 1., we actually think we can determine before-hand what results in the future–all unforeseen and mitigating factors and aspects included–would actually be desirable; and 2., that just because we approach a task the same way, the same results will be arrived at, even with ‘the same’ mitigating conditions (all a matter of measurement accuracy). Both assumptions are–when dealing with multiple unforeseen results of interlocking and relatively predictable or unpredictable factors, in multiple-aspect-oriented events–false. The obvious reason is–human, climactic, geologic, and astronomical events, though all predictable–are not certain. In other words, we never know to a 100% degree of certainty–what is going to happen, even with highly predictable and relatively dependable factors of nature or even with machines.
Finally, in the course of human life and desire-based decisions, we as human beings–always reacting to our environments (inner and outer) change, and may want or react to results of actions and events–differently, in the future. Simply said, we may want different things.
This is why randomness–in taking steps, making choices, taking action–according to the true self, spontaneously–can be preferable to always doing things the same way, even when that way is “successful”.
Finally, doing things–and I’ll spell it out for ya, here–the logical, predictable, “certain” way all the time leaves little opportunity for the serendipity, chance, and spontaneity, and those things–I have found, result in the most opportunity and beauty.
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