Hard Choices

There are a number of hard choices we have to make in this life, and I very much like asking questions that go along the lines of ‘A or B’. It is not entirely correct for any situation, but I guess that this comes from the need to simplify whatever we could possibly come across.

In the end, how could we answer anything truly difficult right now when the situations at that time can be entirely unforeseen. We cannot, so all that I can do with these questions is imagine and hope what I myself would do. I am not sure that this is the best of ways to spend time, but it is interesting.

What is maybe more relevant though is the willingness to make decisions at all. Indecision would surely be worst. So, does this toying around in my mind prepare me for making decisions of any sort? Does it help in establishing a logical pyramid of whatever could possibly result from anything I do?

I cannot know for sure, but I can hope. It just might be the hope is entirely unfounded in reality…

‘The Rise and Fall of the Aragonese-Catalan Empire 1200-1350: Volume II’, J. Lee Shneidman

As is typical lately, something went wrong when I bought this book. Namely, instead of obtaining Volumes I and II, I got only Volume II. The book says “St Louis University Library” on the side, and I have half a thought that someone might turn up looking for it, but at least I got some of the money I paid back for the non-existent first volume.

This all happened months ago, and I started with Volume II, probably because I had very little else to do at the time. However, for a solid history book I found it a surprisingly good read and have enjoyed it since. That is, to rephrase: I enjoyed it when I read it in September, and I enjoyed finishing it this month. Typically, again, I managed to finish 70% of the book, and then something else caught my attention. A week ago, however, I managed to go back and play catch-up so that I have now finished the three last chapters I avoided when I read it originally.

To clarify the two volume structure: both of the volumes are divided into two parts, and Parts 3 and 4 concern themselves with Foreign Policy and Centralization. So, in effect, I received a very good overview of the foreign policy of the Aragonese-Catalan realm and of the struggle that the king-counts faced in order to enhance their authority.

Jerome Lee Shneidman’s style is very readable — indeed, I would say that this is a prime quality of the book and that I certainly wasn’t expecting it to be this friendly. I cannot really comment on the research done here since I have not the slightest of ideas what new revelations have come up in the last 40 years, but I would believe the book to still formulate a very good and solid overview into the history of that realm.

And, yes, the first volume should be on its way towards me now. Hopefully…

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