The Definition of Insanity — Not.

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I often hear people throw around the quote “by Einstein” that says, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”  Not only am I pretty sure this wasn’t said by Einstein, the statement itself is not even remotely true.  People just like to throw it around to back up their own agenda.  But it’s stupid.  Here’s why.  Circumstances change.  Time of day. Time of year. Qualities of the items you are using or acting against. Your strength, skill, experience, and wisdom. The characteristics of the other actors involved.   Here are many examples that contradict this ridiculous statement:

  • running for president
  • running a marathon
  • running a red light
  • running with the bulls
  • driving a golf ball, hitting a pitched baseball, or doing a backflip off a diving board
  • investing in stocks, even the same stock
  • looking in a microscope at a snowflake
  • looking at a specific spot in the sky
  • betting the same number on the roulette wheel
  • begging
  • meditating

by Panos Papamichael

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