The quote at the end of my email read:

“In the end it all comes down to this: you have a choice (or more accurately a rolling tangle of choices) between giving your work your best shot and risking that it will not make you happy, or not giving it your best shot — and thereby guaranteeing that it will not make you happy. It becomes a choice between certainty and uncertainty. And curiously, uncertainty is the comforting choice.” from Art & Fear

My brother responded:

Now I do not understand why “uncertainty is the comforting choice”. My brain does not connect with the philosophical rationale. I am full of disconnects this week!

Allan

I responded to his response:

Not giving it your best shot — and thereby guaranteeing that it will not make you happy. If you don’t give it your best shot – it certainly won’t make you happy. But if you do give it your best shot, it’s got a fifty fifty chance of actually making you happy. But it still might not. You only get the chance that it will make you happy by giving it your best shot – but it’s uncertain. certainly this is clear? 🙂 tee hee.

Christine

Then he responded to the response to his response:

In examining this idea, I certainly understand now what you are saying and it certainly sounds like confusion, looks like a tangled web of logic, but intellectually (the hardest examination) makes sense.

Allan

All in all a charming exchange.

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