This is a topic that’s on my mind even though it has absolutely nothing to do with irrigation. Here goes!
“No” is almost always the right answer if the criteria for judgment of rightness is the provability of wrongness.
Consider this conversation:
“Should we do this?”
“How do you know “no” is the right answer?”
“If I say “yes” and you do it and it fails, you know I approved the wrong thing to do. But if I tell you not to do it, you will likely not know anything good or bad so you can’t prove that not doing it was wrong.” It’s the inertia of “No.”
Inertia is a noun. According to Apple’s dictionary, it means:
1) a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged : the bureaucratic inertia of government.
2) Physicsâ€¢ a property of matter by which it continues in its existing state of rest or uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by an external force.
Jesus, from the Bible, told a story about a boss giving three employees some money to manage while he was on an extended trip. Two of the men risked his money in profit-potential projects and doubled their money. One, because he was afraid of losing his boss’ money, locked it in a safe place and simply returned the money that was given him. Jesus, through his storied employer, praised the two that risked his money and doubled it and condemned the man that hid it out of fear. The boss said the employee could have at least put the money in the bank and gained the interest.
Have you ever considered an alternative to this story?
The alternative story begins the same but the outcome is changed. When the boss returns, the two that risked the money in profit potential projects, lost it and the one that kept it in a safe place out of fear, returned all that the boss left to his keeping.
Would the boss condemn the two that lost it and praise the one that returned all that was entrusted to him?
Would you take just a minute and tell us what you think? My next post will be my thoughts on it.