This was yesterday’s Daily Prompt. I was hesitant to post, but what the heck…
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Morton’s Fork.”
If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) or being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick? Why?
My Therapist is on holiday this week. I’m quite relieved because there are all sorts things swirling around inside my head, but not necessarily in a bad way. There have been a couple of pivotal moments in there, but I wouldn’t know where to begin… so it’s off to the Daily Prompt for a temporary distraction.
The prompt itself did little to grab my attention, but the title, “Morton’s Fork,” did. Apparently, all of us have a Morton’s Fork experience at some point in our lives. Oh yes, it will even be at the heart of some memorable moments, albeit the most challenging ones. Confused? So was I.
Morton’s Fork is a term used to describe the dilemma of having to choose one of two difficult options, but each option holds an equally unfavourable outcome. Let us say you’re in trouble with the bank. Phoning will ultimately lead to having your precious cards destroyed in the Manager’s office. If you avoid calling altogether, the bank will cancel the cards, anyway. Either way, you end up potentially penniless. This is a Morton’s Fork dilemma.
I initially assumed the phrase must come from another part of the world, perhaps the American’s are more familiar. Bearing in mind, the term denotes something undesirable, it’s safe to assume the namesake, Morton, must have been an unsavoury character in his time.
It turns out that John Morton (1420 – 1500), was once a man of God, the Archbishop of Canterbury (UK), and ironically, he also found time to be tax collector for King Henry VII.
If you lived in luxury back then, the Archbishop ruled you were wealthy enough to pay taxes, but if your lifestyle were meagre, he would also claim you had savings to afford the taxes. Nothing much has changed, either way you were penniless.
Anyway, I digress from the prompt, which is a bit of a no-brainer for me and it ties in with my last post, Blogging for Mental Health.
Here is the link to the Blogging for Mental Health site if you are interested in participating http://blogformentalhealth.com
Keeping a private journal might serve a similar purpose to blogging, but I could never replace the things I’ve learned from other bloggers. So darn you, Archbishop Morton, I hereby sacrifice writing my blog!