Systems dynamics work with or without choice in them. That’s what’s great about using them for public policy decisions.

Systems dynamics work with or without choice in them. That’s what’s great about using them for public policy decisions.

I’m a systems thinking guy. There may be no perfect model but a strong model can explain the dynamics of complicated interacting systems.

When applied to humans, they don’t eliminate choice but they can put choice in a measurable context.

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You have to have clear thinking to think clearly. Ever try driving after 2 Benedryl?

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We all have invasive thoughts but addiction is non-verbal. It’s animal. You will tear off doors to get at the addicted thing.

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You’re like the “Think happy thoughts and you won’t be depressed!” guy.

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I used to say that kind of thing which is why I’m mocking it now. I’ve never been depressed. They go through something I can’t relate to fully.

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The thing you or I call “I’m depressed” is fixable by hanging out with friends, getting out of the house, a good movie or other distraction.

And I think that’s good advice “in general”.

But people with genetic / trauma / whatever level clinical depression, it’s at a different level than I can go.

Maybe you understand all people of all kinds in all places for all time, but I know there’s people fighting inner demons that I can’t fully know about because it’s their demons, not mine. I got my own and that’s enough.

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and I’m not talking about word choices. Disease, demons, illness, Darwin’s law, I don’t care about words. But not having a wrong understanding is what I’m paying attn to.

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