Foolish Consistency

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creative perspectivesA foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is a foolish consistency? Emerson never said, but I think a foolish consistency is something we do unfailingly without thinking about it. We are brand-loyal to our toothpaste; we travel a consistent route to work; we take lunch at exactly noon on weekdays.

Foolish consistencies are little habits that make up our unconscious daily routine. We could change them without harming anything and perhaps those alterations would be helpful in giving us new perspective.

How many things in your life are foolish consistencies? Do you think you can change one of them this week?

Do you have any wise consistencies?

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Consistent? "Black trousers"?
Can there be any other kind of trousers?

Taro--ONE COLOR SINCE 1974

Foolish consistency? Mine would be quoting Emerson too much. (Just kidding!)

I always get out of bed on the left. I almost never have breakfast on weekdays. I *know* I have habitual routes when I drive and walk that I could easily change if I made the conscious effort to do so. I'll try to remember!

I forgot the wise consistency: drinking water.

Have you seen an American independent film entitled NEXT STOP WONDERLAND ? This Emerson quote is prominent in the plot. I believe one of the actors is Hope Davis.

chuck

Funny you should ask that.

I just saw this:
http://v-2.org/displayArticle.php?article_num=709
and there's a line on there called "the plane of a foolish consistency" which made me wonder exactly what you asked. Strange coincidence!

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