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Buridan's Donkey

In the 14th century, the French philosopher Jean Buridan described a donkey which was equally thirsty and hungry. It was placed precisely in the middle of a bale of hay and a pail of water.

The donkey usually goes for whichever is closer. Therefore, it is unable to choose between the two. As a result, it dies of both hunger and thirst since it cannot make any rational decision between the hay and water.

Like the fictional donkey, we must make a choice to avoid being frozen in endless indecision. Once we make the choice, we have direction and purpose.

Something to think about...

“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” - Unknown


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