Opinion: The power of self-control

The U.S. and Iran crisis

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“What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.” – Aristotle

What I really think about this Iran and US situation is that it’s silly because just how things can change in an instant and consequences are the real thing. We intend to do things without realizing and the next thing you know, you’re starting a world war. For example, just like how we think we can get away with cheating from our professors, but they know what you’re looking at unless you’re staring at your crotch. These, ladies and gentlemen, are called impulses or doing before thinking and they never end up doing any good. As someone who’s an expert in being impulsive, I would just ignore my assignments and wouldn’t bother studying because it’s boring and I would rather do it later. 

At times like these, it’s best that we learn the meaning of patience. Being patient will make you wiser, making more well-rounded decisions or thinking before doing. For example, how President Donald J. Trump called in a drone without approval from Congress, is not one of them these well rounded decisions. It’s better to do what you want rather than not thinking of the consequences, right? I can’t drive my car without my keys when they are at home – especially when I have to leave for work. Even though life happens, it still has unintended consequences- just like I now I have to inform my partner and my boss about what missing my keys and being unable to come to my shift which keeps them from working. 

Similarly, we, the world, have to deal with President Trump’s unintended consequences, which is war. Fortunately, we didn’t end up having to go as far as engaging in battle! If there’s a lesson here, it’s better to take a little time now and then rather than to take a lot of time later. If you know you’re going to have a test or paper due soon, isn’t it better to dedicate 30 mins each day rather than face the unintended consequences, which could mean failing and have to repeat the class? Isn’t it better to be patient and do the right thing rather than rush into things and “hope” it goes well?

This is also a reminder for me is to take a little bit of time now to check everything first before I leave my house rather than take a lot of time at the last minute. The power to do nothing is power itself. Similarly, the power to do something is no power in itself. The key is knowing that you have power already. And, because you have that power, you’re responsible to make decisions and to deal with the consequences of those decisions. Let this Iran and United States situation remind us that we have the power and the responsibility to do right or wrong. At the end of the day, whether it’s a well-rounded decision or an impulsive decision, it ends in an outcome (or a consequence) so let us rethink our decisions because once you make an action, you cannot take it back!