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Take a deep breath as you’re going to cry or laugh at this next post.

“Ben Jones figures he drank 43,000 beers, 2,000 jugs of whiskey, wine, gin and vodka, and smoked pounds of pot in the 20 years he was out of control.


“”A year later,” he said, “I walked into an audition and was cast in what was to become one of the greatest television shows in the history of entertainment.” That was “The Dukes of Hazzard.” Jones would play the wisecracking mechanic Cooter on the popular TV series from 1979 to 1985.”

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If this doesn’t tell you about behavior and how our culture of character flaws and cause and effect is way inaccurate as a description of how the world works, I don’t know what will.

In light of my last post on health care and consequences, can you correlate a value system in health care with the one above –  guy drinks 7 beers + 2-3 shots a day gets thrown in jail bloodied a bunch ends up in Hollywood then in politics.  (yes, he gets cleaned up… we know)

If he ended up killing a guy instead of on “the greatest show in entertainment history” we’d talk about him as a flawed alcoholic destined for death or failure.  Instead, the consequences of his behavior end up differently and we report his fate as a story about “getting back up.”  And now we’ll talk of blessings and spiritual redemption. {note, that I couldn’t find in any of his writing that he, himself, attributes any rewards or punishments to his own credit.]

My point isn’t that it’s good or bad or anything.  My point is that you cannot form a logically consistent explanation of a lifetime of behavior based on our current ways of talking about cause and effect.  You also cannot take full credit or blame for what you do or don’t do in life.  Really, environment and selection by consequences shape you completely.

There’s certainly more to his story and his life, further showing just how damn complicated behavior can be.


Now the laughing part comes when you consider the statement that Dukes of Hazzard is one of the greatest shows in entertainment history.  Ponder that.

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