Knowing the Hydra, some thoughts on choice


Decisions and choice are part of everyone’s daily routine.  For the aspiring Dragon Slayer, these decisions tend to be more complex than what flavor of ice cream to have.

Now, the common portrayal of moments of choice as a crossroads or fork in the road is woefully inadequate.  You don’t make a decision, then get to wander along for a while enjoying the scenery, before a good distance down the road, when the last decision can no longer de seen behind you, another one presents itself.

No, what happens is, you make a decision, then almost immediately another one pops up, then another, then two attack you together, then nothing happens for a little while, and just as you let your guard down, one stabs you in the back.

Like the Hydra of legend, cutting off a head doesn’t kill it, instead two heads grow, or three or seven. Or, one of the heads you cut off grows back, or four heads wither and die.

Here’s the thing. You don’t know what’s going to happen, until after you’ve made the decision. Until your blade has gone Snicker-snack through one of the necks, you won’t be able to categorically state what will happen.  Sure you might be able to hazard a good guess, but that’s all it is.

All you can do, is look at the beast in front of you, choose the head you think best, and lash out with that sword.  

Then, after you’ve cut that head off, you get to go back and do it all again.

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