Sunday, November 15, 2015

Unavoidable Disappointments - Carver

Disappointments are unavoidable. Disappointments can be reduced with good attitudes and low expectations and wanted things. But there are disappointments that even someone with a super good attitude and incredibly low expectations cannot avoid. For example:

Suppose you were someone who enjoys exploring old buildings. You get to a castle and it is under construction. That is what happened at the Castle of Good Hope.

Suppose you love the drinks of a certain soft drink company. But the 2-liter bottles cannot be opened without literally cutting up the cap. This is the problem with Jive.

I can relate this whole topic to two of my subjects that I am learning. The second I can only slightly relate.

I am doing a poem every week and this week I did one called Eternity by William Blake.

He who binds himself to a joy
Does the winged life destroy.
He who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sunrise.

This basically means that if you only find joy in a single thing, you will be unhappy. But if you find joy in everything, you will be happy.

The second thing I can relate it to (I think of weird things so it might just be related through my imagination) is the t-distribution. If you know statistics, you will understand this. Otherwise, you might be able to follow along. The t-distribution curve is a little bit shorter and wider than the normal curve. The more degrees of freedom, the closer the t-graph is to the normal curve. Only at an infinite number of degrees of freedom are they the same. Assuming that the normal curve represents no disappointments ever and degrees of freedom represents the good attitude where one is the worst attitude as one is the lowest degree of freedom possible, then an infinitely good attitude would be required to reach no disappointments. You can do the same with expectations except that the lower the expectations, the higher degrees of freedom that represent it. Again you would need no expectations to have no disappointment.

So, disappointments are unavoidable but good attitude and low expectations can reduce it.

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