So, today we’re to discuss the pros and cons of anything. So, I’m going to do the pros and cons of doing a pros and cons post. Hey, Linda said we could do the pros and cons of anything…
- A pros and cons post is a great way to evaluate the strong and weak points of anything. It was the kind of analysis I presented my mother with when I chose to live in the dorm at Loyola. Of course, by then it was a fait accompli: I would be staying in the dorm because they needed my room for my great-aunt Cash, who would be watching my then-infant brother. My room then became Cash’s room, and I slept on the sofa when I was home. Kind of a wasted effort.
It might point out things you hadn’t thought about. But there are better ways to do that. The best way is to ask someone whose judgment you trust. In my case, it’s Mary, who will hear me out, then either tell me that it’s up to me or will have a hundred reasons why what I’m proposing is the stupidest thing she’s ever heard. Well, I had to ask… Maybe it’s my approach. I start most of these sessions with something like “This might sound crazy…” at which she tells me “Yes, it’s crazy.”
It’s one way to “prove” you did your “due diligence.” If you can hand someone a piece of paper with pros in one column and cons in the other, or if you can sit and look at the columns yourself, you can feel confident that you considered both, even though you probably figured out what you wnted to do long before.
- By the time it gets to the doing-a-pros-and-cons-list stage, you’ve already made up your mind one way or the other. It serves as a way to confirm what you already think. It was like the time I did a pros and cons list about which was the better Chicago baseball team. I was (and still am) a White Sox fan. Guess who came out the better team?
You’re doing the job of at least one other person, because you have to come up with both viewpoints, and sometimes it’s hard to figure out what those viewpoints are.
Some people get stuck in analysis mode. Witness the episode of The Big Bang Theory where Sheldon drove himself and everyone else crazy trying to decide whether he wanted the XBox 1 or the XBox 360. If his then fiancee Amy Farrah Fowler, who stood with him for four hours in the store, had simply said “Buy them both and let’s get out of here, dumbass,” which is what Mary would have done, life would have been so much simpler.
Cons wins. But you know I was going to say that anyway…
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