Muli Ben-Yehuda's journal

January 29, 2005

Filed under: Uncategorized — Muli Ben-Yehuda @ 9:14 PM

Saying ‘no’ is hard to do. You can’t help but wonder how things would’ve turned out otherwise.


  1. The difficulty of saying `no’ is just a special case of the general difficulty of saying anything decisive.

    Comment by yrk — January 29, 2005 @ 7:50 PM | Reply

    • Excellent observation, but incomplete. It’s difficult to say anything decisive *given insufficient data*. If I knew how things would turn out in advance, saying ‘no’ would’ve been trivial…

      Comment by mulix — January 29, 2005 @ 8:53 PM | Reply

      • Not necessarily.
        In a completely different discussion, on a completely different forum, I came across the delightful quotation: “You cannot put up a boundary and simultaneously protect the other person’s feelings”.
        Not even if you *know* what the eventual result would be.
        In other words, I put it to you that the problem not the death of data but fact that process – any process – is painful for the particpants.

        Comment by shunra — January 29, 2005 @ 9:03 PM

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