I taught a class today at Brooklyn College; a friend of mine, Chris Kelley, invited me to come and give a talk to his class. Thanks to everyone who attended the class; it was fun teaching it.
We went over the basics of Tibetan Buddhist logic, and I used the syllogism that I always give first:
I’m going to get it,
Because I work hard.
If you run the three tests, you’ll find this syllogism is false. So it’s a great example of why we need to use logic; we’ve all been taught that if we work hard we’ll get what we want; the only problem with that assertion is that it’s false.
On the other hand, I’m not saying that you should not work hard. Just that hard work, in itself, is not enough to guarantee success.