What they said

Two quotes that I came across recently I liked:

“Nothing is impossible for the man who doesn’t have to do it himself” — A. H. Weiler

“A good horse runs when it sees even the shadow of a whip” — The Buddha

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7 comments
  1. Tiny Seal said:

    Regarding good horse, is “good” an evaluation of the owner or the horse? i mean, is running a good thing for the horse or the owner?
    i cant see how it can be good for the horse (except maybe running leading to getting a treat in the form of food). If it is good for the owner, why does The Buddha advocate negative reinforcement in the form of whipping?

  2. Unawoken said:

    hehe
    You are out-literal-taking the literal-taker, I see 😉

    “Regarding good horse, is “good” an evaluation of the owner or the horse? i mean, is running a good thing for the horse or the owner? “

    Yes, good is an evaluation of the horse by an external agent, such as the owner.

    “i cant see how it can be good for the horse (except maybe running leading to getting a treat in the form of food). “

    The “running” of the horse is for evolutionary reasons. However, it can be “used” for “non-evolutionary” purposes by understanding the running trigger (motivation to run).

    “If it is good for the owner, why does The Buddha advocate negative reinforcement in the form of whipping?”

    Sometimes what the student thinks he/she has come to the teacher for, or what he/she is learning from the teacher is not necessarily what the teacher thinks the student should learn, or is learning. The student and teacher disagree on what is good for the student, and sometimes the student doesn’t know it.

  3. Trice said:

    The first one is for Project managers 🙂 , fits their thinking 100% :), the second one is nice , but I have a question though “when a bad horse or an average one starts running? “

  4. Unawoken said:

    An average horse runs upon whipping.

    A bad horse doesn’t run even upon whipping, which pretty soon may lead to the phrase “beating a dead horse”

  5. pseudopseudointellectual said:

    I interpreted the horse quote as running in self-defense not as a Pavlovian response!

    Perhaps the horse is the mind and the whip is a vice. Or not. ung!

  6. Mridul said:

    The first quote is something I practice at times to ‘test’ actually … particularly relevant when you want to see how someone will react … whether they can discern the necessary from the ‘good to have’ … but me, I just keep asking for more !

  7. Unawoken said:

    Mridul,
    Quite sneaky of you 🙂

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