Miscellaneous

Paul’s Daily Three for September 30, 2018

One of your favorite paintings?

How much does a person’s motive influence the outcome of their behavior?  Typically a lot, Typically significant, but not a lot.  Typically very little.

If you were a superhero, what color would your cape be?

10 thoughts on “Paul’s Daily Three for September 30, 2018”

  1. Okay, I have to go with the one for whom I’m named after, The Mona Lisa. Behavior tends to be heavily influenced by thought and emotion. Discipline goes a long way, but when it comes to the basics of survival, that tends to top all other factors. That’s why addiction is such a strong motivator, the brain “needs.” However, we still have the capacity to transcend behavior with willpower. Sooo…the answer is — it all depends. My Cape would probably be tie-dye with sparkles!😎
    Mona

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  2. PAINTING
    My very favorite painting is Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss”; I dressed up as it for Halloween one year, own a fetching pair of bright yellow Kiss socks that I am not above wearing to work, and I suspect I will be receiving a reproduction of it for our hallway for my birthday this year; the SO got a suspicious gleam in his eye when I started waxing rhapsodic about the topic at the Legion earlier this month. They had a Klimt exhibition, which I greatly enjoyed, though not that particular painting, alas. I don’t think I could put into brief words why it so captivates me; it is a profoundly unsettled image, with masculinity and femininity, movement and stillness, the blocky and the curvolinear so hopelessly entangled that you start to forget which is which. It’s alchemy in paint. Not the lead-into-gold kind, the humanity-striving-for-quintessence kind. Sorry, I always get like this over the Viennese Seccessionists. It’s catching, I guess.

    MOTIVE
    I think this depends heavily on how skilled the actor is, both at doing whatever they meant to do, and communicating that intent to involved parties. It can matter quite a lot, but turning your desired outcome into a real one is not something that just happens… it takes forethought, mindfulness, patience, and talent. The problem with people who plead motive to excuse behavior is that they are not respecting the fact that if their stated goal did not match the experienced result, that must mean they failed in reaching their goal.

    SUPERHERO
    Science section blue, just like my man Spock.

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