Decisions, decisions, decisions!

How the hard choices actually allow us to define who we are.

Jean and I watched a TED Talk a few evenings ago. The title of the talk was: How to make hard choices.  It was delivered by philosopher Ruth Chang who one discovers from her website:

Ruth Chang
Ruth Chang

I am a philosopher at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Before arriving at Rutgers, I was a Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford where I was completing my dissertation. I’ve also held visiting positions in the philosophy department at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Chicago Law School. Before my life as a philosopher, I worked as a law associate on a (pro bono) death penalty case and several (non pro bono) product liability cases. I have a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Now I am not going to pontificate about this talk; all I will say is that it is a) very interesting, and b) highly relevant to millions of us when, from time to time, we are faced with the tough decisions to make.

The video is a little less than 15 minutes long. I’m fairly certain that you will be enchanted by Ruth Chang’s proposition as much as Jean and I were.

Published on Jun 18, 2014

Here’s a talk that could literally change your life. Which career should I pursue? Should I break up — or get married?! Where should I live? Big decisions like these can be agonizingly difficult. But that’s because we think about them the wrong way, says philosopher Ruth Chang. She offers a powerful new framework for shaping who we truly are.

 

6 thoughts on “Decisions, decisions, decisions!

  1. Very Interesting Paul.. Glad I turned my hard choices into choices that considered what was best for me.. .. I thought long and hard before retiring.. Knowing I would be without any sort of income for 5 years.. But I weighed up the choice of what did I really want out of this finale stage of work life… And being tied into shifts and challenging Lone working situations which put me in serious danger at times through my work in mental health.. I did exactly what she explained..

    Thank you for your visit.. and Paul any post you wish to reblog or mention is always fine with me.. 🙂 Have a wonderful week and will look forward tomorrows post..

    1. Lovely to hear that personal experience, and the way it endorsed the core message from Ruth Chang. And many thanks for your permission to republish your own post of today. Fond wishes to you and your family, as always.

  2. This was wonderful, Paul! Thanks for sharing it. Efforts to leave a message were unsuccessful, but so what!!! Til next time…Love…mag

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