Why I am doing nothing

It’s true that I’ve done nothing, and people will complain about me not doing anything; and they will ask for help because I’m not doing anything. Sadly, I will continue doing nothing, for I see in this endeavor nothing to be gained. And those people complaining about me doing nothing will continue to wonder why it is that I am so indolent; doing nothing when once I was such a diligent and responsible person. Times change I suppose, and so do human beings. I never expected myself to reach this trying point. I have always preached the part about being responsible and about doing something even if you don’t feel like it, because it matters not just to yourself but to others as well. That was what my motivation hinged entirely on. And now it’s lost. I feel more and more that I am not required, that my opinions will only lead to a uneasy shifts and perturbed silences. That is why I am doing nothing. And I will continue doing nothing. Maybe I’ll look for something to do elsewhere. But not on these lands – these lands are scorched. My peregrination has been long one, and alas, I leave the circle.

Can’t eat your cake and have it too

There’s a phrase commonly employed by those who wish to express the inevitability of a compromise: You can’t have your cake and eat it too. This is problematic, as a friend had duly pointed out to me. More correctly, it ought to be: You can’t eat your cake and have it too. At first glance, the two variations might appear no different; which indeed they aren’t if one ignores all sense of time within the sentence. That is, both actions are taken to happen simultaneously. But is it not intuitive to invoke a sense of time in everything we read? In the first variation, this would mean that (1) you can’t have your cake, and (2) later eat it as well. The flaw becomes obvious. You can have your cake and eat it too – after all, what could be stopping you from consuming the cake that is presently in your possession? The second variation however prevents this flaw. Once you eat your cake, you won’t have it in your possession, and thus you can’t have it too.