Friday, May 04, 2007

I'm a Know Person

So three witches tell MacBeth that one day he’ll be king.

Rather than kicking back and waiting for this glorious event to transpire (and, let’s face it, goaded by his shrew-bitch of a wife), MacBeth kills the current king and takes the throne.

It is my favorite Shakespeare.

Here’s a question: If the witches hadn’t told him he’d be king, would it have happened? Had he just let events unfold would he still be king? Or were the witches playing him, knowing he’d take matters into his own hands?

Do we have free will? Can we change the future – or will it happen anyway, with or without our best efforts?
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Some people believe ignorance is bliss. Others need to know.

I’m a know person.

If someone says “Good news, bad news. Which do you want to hear first?”

I always want the bad first.

If there’s information out there that’s gonna help me prepare for what’s coming, I want it. All of it.

I’m not talking about silly psychic stuff, a la MacBeth.

No, I’m talking about everyday knowledge that regular people could share with you about your home, work, and social life.

For example: If your best friend knew for certain that your wife was cheating on you, would you want him to share it? Would you want to know?

Or if your boss knew for certain that you were going to be fired but wasn’t supposed to tell you yet, would you want her to share it with you?

Are we obligated to share knowledge with people who might be negatively affected by it?

And how does that knowledge change future events, if at all?
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I am listening to: Sales meeting
I am reading: Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortensen
And I am: Ready

5 comments:

dr. detroit said...

apples and oranges Hedy....kinda

as a friend, you better tell me that Ben Wallace is poppin my wife! that's what friends are supposed to do.

but...as a boss, this is a flat out legal issue. if a boss told an employee about being fired, in advance, that would open the door for huge lawsuits. ever been in a windowless room answering legal/lawsuit questions????? Not fun!

Anonymous said...

I didn't want to tell you this, but seeing you want to know all, here goes. Your Dad had an affair with Anita last week. :) It didn't bother me at all, your Dad is my best friend, and so is Anita.

Hedy said...

"I don't mind if she plays the piano, but does she have to sing?" :)

CRUSTYBEEF said...

I agree with Dr. Detroit..I'd expect whoever to tell me if something was up in my relationship, it's called Respect..
but as far as the work thing goes,...I would want to know, but it would be opening yourself up to legal issues-or rather the company that will be handling the firing.

Great Post..Now I'm thinking and that's NOT fun on a saturday morning. :)
Always,
Crusty

Kvatch said...

Here’s a question: If the witches hadn’t told him he’d be king, would it have happened?

If a witch prognosticates without an audience, is it still a prediction? ;-)