John Lilburne's journal about an decisions and commitments, based on a book by Alan Barker.
2329 L Sun 13 Jan 2002
Today I read most of a book by Alan Barker "How to be a better decision maker", which was published in 1996.
He begins by asking "What is a decision?". Briefly the answer is commiting to a course of action. At the end he writes:
Instead he presents every decision as provisional:
I am presenting him as going around in circles with definitions. To try and be fairer, he presents some decisions as having:
In a sense the Catholic Church is a model of commitment. A valid marriage is until the death of a partner. Baptism is not be repeated. People make lifelong commitments to celibacy. Decisions about liturgy are made and solemnly published. It worries me when the practice falls short of this.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, posted 14 January 2002.