I stared morosely at Bernard. Bernard, is there anyone else in public life who is quite as spineless as our Foreign Office officials?
Bernard was surprised. Theyre not spineless, Prime Minister. It takes a great deal of strength to do nothing at all.
- from Yes Prime Minister
In times of crisis, it seems to be far more important to us that something be done, anything. Something in us does not seem to recognise the choice not to do anything as either action in itself or choice. Instead, we often seem to prefer a poor choice of action over any form of non-action: at least something was done.
It seems to be right up there with it being easier to hear what was said than what was not said; or who was there rather than who was not.
Why do we have this urge to do?