RANT: The “Delphic Oracle” problem — Predict but can’t change

2019-Jun-28

Anyone else find that they can “predict” the future, but are powerless to change it.

I call it the “Delphic Oracle” problem.

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The Delphic Oracle was the most influential religious site in the ancient Greek world.  Speaking from a tripod in a crypt under the temple of Apollo at Delphi, the priestess called the Pythia acted as a medium for the god, and spoke the divine prophecies while in a state of trance or possession. 

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When people ask the Oracle a question, they got a cryptic answer and the heard what the wanted. 

Sometimes when people pose a “problem” to me, I give them my best answer. And then they go off and do what they want.

Often, I can foresee the consequences of choices — no great skill to “foresee” a disaster from an “obviously” bad choice — but it’s frustrating that you can’t prevent the disaster.

Argh!

Maybe the solution is to just stop “advising” or “predicting” and  just say “no opinion” or some other weasel words or platitudes.

Argh!

“Hmmm, that’s an interesting question, or situation, what do you think is the best course of action?”

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