ehowton (ehowton) wrote,

Show Me!

Understanding that saying the right things mean absolutely nothing without actionable follow-through is a necessity for those of us who speak. What you say is meaningless without actually doing it.

Words! Words! Words! I'm so sick of words! I get words all day through;
First from him, now from you! Is that all you blighters can do?

Herbert Hoover is quoted as saying, "Words without actions are the assassins of idealism," but while the pursuit of the finished product is obtained through action, I don't think conceptualizing an idea is, in and of itself, a textbook case of assassination. The apostle Paul quotes, "My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth." (Just to ensure I'm covering all my bases). Even Buddha said, "An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea." Of course Buddha is the same guy who compared happiness to a candle - one which can light a thousand candles without being diminished. Some people see happiness as a glass of water; share too much of it and you have nothing left for yourself, so whatever. The point is, its a universal understanding, devoid of politics or religion or socio-economic status.

Philosophically the question then becomes, "How does one define action?" Using the root of the word we find that to act is anything done, being done, or to be done. So doing. Some may consider writing or communicating ideas as an action - and while it certainly is that, we're back to ideals. At some point something has to actually happen in order to pursue that ideal. The start, I believe, has to take place as a change in attitude and behavior, without which, action will never take place. Concerning this I have two quotes by Former President Richard M. Nixon on the matter. First, "People are persuaded by reason, but moved by emotion." Moved to what? Action of course. Second, "The man of thought who will not act is ineffective; the man of action who will not think is dangerous." So surely we require both to pursue our goal - words and action (or less ostensibly ideology and behavior/attitude supporting that ideology) - else there will never be any results.

I see real, actionable change through the metrics of behavior and attitude. For some, those are elusive immeasurable beasts. For me, its the key to unlocking everything else life has to offer.
Tags: action, behavior, philosophy

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