“There’s no such thing as the ‘rational thought’ or ‘rational behavior.’
The only rational thing to do is live your life, no matter what.”—Albert Einstein quote, via the Oxford English Dictionary source Scientific American article “The greatest human achievement of all time is to have the greatest capacity for thought, for reasoning, for being a creative human being.”—George Orwell quote, from Orwell’s 1984 article “People who have nothing else to do are likely to be more imaginative than people who have something to do.”—Leonardo da Vinci quote, quote from his “Portrait of a Man” article “We are not born with a plan, a plan is a gift.”—James Randi quote, quoting from the Randi Educational Foundation’s motto “You are what you believe” source Scientific America article “To succeed, we must learn how to adapt to the environment we are born into.”—John Muir quote, paraphrasing Winston Churchill quote, citing Churchill’s remark “The man who adapts to the atmosphere, the man who stays alive, wins.”—Mark Twain quote, quoted from his autobiography “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” article The Bible says, “Be not a fool.”
And in the Quran, “The people of God will never be foolish.”—Muhammad Ali quote, saying he was born a fool, paraphrase from the Quran source Scientific Amusement article “It’s not what you do, it’s who you do it with.”—Gavin Hood quote, quotes from the British National Dictionary, via Wikimedia Commons article “I never have any illusions about the ability of a human being to control his impulses.
I’ve had many years of experience of the human psyche, which is to say the ability to control our impulses.”—Robert Bauval quote, in a conversation with the writer and broadcaster Robert Bauvie.
“There are many things we can do that we know are not always possible.”—Abraham Lincoln quote, referring to his son’s claim that Lincoln did not intend to be president.
“I am not a genius, I have never been.
I don’t pretend to be.
I can’t make mistakes.
But the people who know me say that I do make mistakes.”—Seth Godin quote, the author of “The Blind Assassin” article What’s more, when you think about it, the person you’re with probably doesn’t have much choice in the matter either.
When you think of it, it makes sense to be cautious when interacting with strangers.
And when you do get into a conversation, the more likely you are to have a misunderstanding.
And that’s when the human being most likely to take a step back and think about their intentions and how to deal with them.
So if we want to be less vulnerable, we need to be thoughtful about the actions we take, and that starts with having a plan in place.