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October 5, 2017 How can any good choices be made?
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Whenever something such as our health or favorite activity is being studied we are often asked to select a definitive answer from a standard numbers list of: 1 to 10. Sometimes 10 is considered high, sometime low. We need to ask which is which to allow for a better chance of arriving at the expected right choice.

If our health condition is being considered we are asked how much we hurt: is our pain level high or low, 1 to 10; sharp or dull, 1to 10; frequent or periodical…? If we’re ill; we need to report if it’s often or occasionally (would that be as of today or yesterday), 1 to 10; or, where located (does it move about?); how much (as compared to?)…?

The numerical system is one I consider highly incapable of predicating an accurate selection can be made solely from the use of numbers often chosen randomly. How should it be done? Is there a right way?

Do you make your choices swiftly and conclusively? Or, like me, do you hedge, waffle, even despair of responding to anything that looks difficult to determine? Who of us is being more accurate? In my opinion the best choice is to ‘pick a number’ and hope it falls within range of whatever might later be proven right; if it isn’t, at least if it can be shuffled into agreement. Neither of the aforementioned choices is a good solution; they are both in use, but rather weakly at times it would seem.

I dread medical appointments, and the ‘1 to 10’ questionnaire lurking routinely and silently in wait for me. Is this truly the only course available and can it be relied upon with impunity? If not why am I stressing me out to respond to something that has little importance? It’s enough to make me ill.

You’d think we’d all have the answers on the tip of our tongue, but it doesn’t work that way; most persons, are neither genetically nor technically inclined towards sensing the realities of health problems. If we were, we’d become dead anyway, dead-wrong, and if dead-right not in need of a doctor anyway; perhaps other …services, yes?

Also, we need to consider the fact we respond to different impulses in different ways, at different times, and for different reasons.

It isn’t that our problems haven’t been thought out, often the things we’ve thought of are not always asked of us, and conversely the things being asked of us haven’t always been thought out by us. We fail to remember things we should, and don’t always consider some things as important as they are or should be.

If the category is broad there’s less chance of a poor choice being made. But, the best solutions are always found in events where ‘any choice leads up to a good solution’. They’re the lucky ‘shots’, but hardly the way we should have to begin making decisions by choosing from number listed 1 to 10.

Sometimes I feel like a number 11, or 12, or 13 …then what? And, yes, there’s always the possibility of it being a 0 before I can decide what I think it should be…

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