“This Never Bothered Me Before”
Does a bridge collapse because of that one single car on it during the collapse? Or does it fail because of all the millions of trucks that went over it previously? The rain, the cold, the heat, the millions and millions of tectonic expansions and contractions?
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Everything is cumulative. We may notice an inflammatory condition at age 40. We may need a kidney stone removed at 50. We may need our appendix or spleen out. We may have uncontrollable joint pain. Wake-up call: it wasn’t the last car to travel the bridge.
Do some construction teams build a shoddy bridge to begin with? Sure. Do engineers occasionally miss a calculation? Of course. So, why o why, do we fixate on that last car? It wasn’t the last car. It wasn’t the last car. It wasn’t the last car. Read it again.
In formal logic there is a particularly sneaky fallacy: the induction fallacy. Based on prior experiences, we believe they create a fail-safe predictive model. They don’t. The sun doesn’t rise today because it rose every day prior. It rises today based on objective physical properties independent of our observations and independent of all prior events. Just because you didn’t NOTICE deterioration does not mean you only started to deteriorate this moment when it was no longer deniable. The bridge seemed to hold just fine with all the millions of prior trucks... “therefore, it MUST be due to the last car!”, you cry out.
Kidney function can drop to 25% before people NOTICE kidney problems. Think about that. Organs can take 75% damage and destruction and there be no obvious symptoms or signs. Really, THINK ABOUT THIS. Your internal framework is all just like this. “This never bothered me before” is a dangerous line of thought. There can be “no bother” while you’re down at 70% loss of function and integrity.
Everything is cumulative. Try to notice it before you’re forced to notice it.
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