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Making Hard Choices

Ruth Chang is a professor of Philosophy at Rutgers. Her Ted Talk which I have included above cleared up some things for me with regard to decision making.

In short, Dr. Chang argues that hard choices are actually good for us.

Channeling her inner Derrida, Dr. Chang deconstructs the rational arguments that we tend to put in place when faced with difficult decisions in life.

The Enlightenment taught us to see everything through the lens of Reason; everything has value, and decisions can be made by weighing the relative value of the options. You know how this works: we take out a piece of paper and begin writing down the pros and cons of each option. Ultimately, we come up with a rational reason for why one option is better than the other. If the options are seemingly equal - well, then we have a problem on our hands.

Having to make the "hard" decisions in life become the cause of many a sleepless night, emotional turmoil, anxiety and stress-related illness.

Dr. Chang suggests…

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