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Many people want there to be a single right answer to ethical questions. They find moral ambiguity hard to live with because they genuinely want to do the 'right' thing, and even if they can't work out what that right thing is, they like the idea that 'somewhere' there is one right answer.

But often there isn't one right answer - there may be several right answers, or just some least worst answers - and the individual must choose between them.

For others moral ambiguity is difficult because it forces them to take responsibility for their own choices and actions, rather than falling back on convenient rules and customs.

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Clutter, whether physical, mental or spiritual, can be distilled down to delayed and postponed decisions and the constant procrastination going on in our lives.

Take the physical paper files and email cluttering our office (or home) and our computers. Each email or piece of paper needs a decision we are not willing to make, postponing it and filing it away.

  • A compelling reason to be productive can increase the intensity. Big ambitions can also inspire greater productivity. It is one reason why we should set big goals.
  • Working harder in bursts. Cycles of productivity are natural. If we recognise the existence of energy cycles, we can use them by relaxing in the slower phases.
  • Working on systems can make effort easier. We can make tasks easier by limiting alternatives. Reading books on your phone is much easier if you don't have Instagram next to it.

People look for experienced professionals in senior job roles with extreme levels of responsibility because they know that when there is no time to think about the process, and a split-second action or decision has to be made, only real experience counts.

Example: A pilot who has never stalled a plane and then recovered would not know the pressure, time and space that is necessary to make the split-second judgement.

An important lesson from history is that big events are more complicated. It makes forecasting difficult, politics nasty, and lessons to learn from it harder.

We may demand simple answers to explain outlier events. However, it's almost impossible for something big to happen because of one event, person, or group. Unrelated things often culminate into something significant. For example, the Great Depression was the result of a stock market crash, a banking crash, a real estate bubble, an agricultural disaster, and an inadequate policy response. When all these things happened at the same time, it was a catastrophe.

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