Edith Piaf had rien de whatifs.
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There is a Spanish saying: A palabras necias, oídos sordos, literally: stupid words should fall on deaf ears. I'd like to take that up a level and introduce the following idea: stupid words deserve stupid questions. Below is the stupid question I propose, but first some context.
Recently I was listening to a BBC Radio 4 Arts programme and one of the interviewees came out with the philosophical gem: "I didn't want to live a life full of 'What ifs?'"
At first sight, this sounds like quite a good philosophy, but it does indeed beg the (stupid) question: "OK, that's fine and dandy, but what if you hadn't taken that decision?