Thursday, June 02, 2016

Hoist with his own petard

Subtitle: Consistency Please

Common Usage
Shakespeare's phrase, "hoist with his own petard," is an idiom that means "to be harmed by one's own plan to harm someone else" or "to fall into one's own trap", implying that one could be lifted (blown) upward by one's own bomb, or in other words, be foiled by one's own plan.

In English this is often used when we are caught in a contradiction, perhaps to say it harshly "caught in a lie", or a victim of our own inconsistency

Being Caught in a Lie
Whilst I detest the Religious beliefs and doctrines of Tedd Haggard, I always thought of him as a well spoken and Charismatic Christian. But more than that consistent.

And so when Mr Haggard was the subject of allegations of Homosexuality his career as a famous Evangelical preacher came to an end.

The point of the anecdote is that people and society really value consistency. Better to be a consistent shit, than a good guy who made one mistake. That is usually the case I would regret to say, as viewed by society.

To say it another way: Nobody likes a Hypocrite

Marcus and The Trousers

Agata found a pair of what looked like immaculate race contoured, ski trousers.  They were Marcus'.  Do you still need them she politely quieted?  Or perhaps, recycling?

Marcus Replies
My cringe-worthy reposts to Agata's suggestion included the classic

- but it might come in useful
- it's still working fine
- it's in new condition
- perhaps I might know somebody who could use it

What is the Reality?

- Today for Skiing or Boarding I would rather use thermal & padded cycling trousers, because they have the same characteristics: warm and padded, but I have multiple, so could single use & wash, and it saves me having to keep a separate set of snowsports only gear

- They might be /almost new/ but now over 10 years old and surely not in fashion

- I can't think of anybody to give them to

Surely the best option is to take them to recycling and declutter the apartment.  So, right now, they are by the door, they will enter the local clothes recycling by the time you read this.

So what
So Marcus was almost /caught in a Lie/ and boy do I hate inconsistency and hippocracy.

What I realise then is that it's very easy to create a rule for our family but so easy to create an exception for yourself

The Rule then?

If you find something, say clothing, or a possession that you have not used for some time, let's say > 3 years, that is not deeply sentimental, then consider putting it onto the /throw away/ pile

That pile is taken with frequency to recycling or the tip. In Switzerland this is the Government decheterie.

BUT this process is only truly of value if you remember to not buy such items in the future i.e. often you bought something but never really used it at all. It could be clothes, that special pair of shoes. Or something you used just once. Was it worth it?


Mindful and Considered consumption. Always.