On Inconsistency

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On Inconsistency By Tim Hickory If a man is inconsistent in his actions, then is he not at least consistent at being inconsistent? To say that humans are incapable of being consistent is an insult to human nature. By human nature we want to be consistent in our core values and we strive to achieve this goal. In his essay, “Of the Inconsistency of our Actions,” Michel De Montaigne states, “We think of what we want only at the moment we want it, and we change like that animal which takes the color of the place you set it on.” 1 Humans are not animals acting on primal instinct to account for our actions in life. We have a conscience and the ability to use it. It would be ignorant to say that we never waiver off the beaten path, but most individuals do have a set of values, beliefs, and morals that regulate how we react to the occurring circumstances in our life. In regards to our actions, Montaigne writes that our actions are determined by circumstances, “The surest thing, in my opinion, would be to trace our actions to the neighboring circumstances.” 2 He categorizes our actions by situations that may hinder how we would normally act. However, he does not consider that how we act in a certain situation might be governed by our consistencies. In other words, when extreme circumstances occur, the way an individual reacts to the situation would be the same every time that exact circumstance occurred. For example, if a usually easygoing man became angry when his wife cheated on him, he would become angry every time his wife
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