You remember Ben Franklin. He invented bifocals. He signed the Declaration of Independence. But, you knew that. Do you know he also came up with a novel decision-making process?
Here is the simple version. Get a sheet of paper. At the top, write ‘Pro’ on one side and ‘Con’ on the other. Draw a line down the middle. Then, make your two lists. We’ve all done this mentally, if not with pen and paper.
I thought of this Founding Father after reading a letter entitled “Congestion reduces quality of life” from one of my fellow citizens. Too many people, not enough parking spaces, more crime, an increase in aggressive tendencies, yada, yada, yada. Is any of that actually true? Who knows? But Carmel is a “World Class City.” I think I read that somewhere. Maybe in one of those magazines that ranked us No. 1.
Anyway, I made my list for Carmel, and guess what? The pros (for living in Carmel) far outweighed the cons (for living somewhere else). And, I didn’t include the carousel! I know we don’t have one, but if the mayor can convince me that it won’t increase our aggressive tendencies, I’ll support it.
Michael Sweeten, Carmel