## SOME SIMPLE LOGIC

**Question**

I am a student at a kung-fu temple in Orlando, but I now visit the one in Altamonte. It seems that no matter what I do, I can't attend classes very much due to transportational problems.

-- Shawn, USA

**Answer**

Let us look at some simple logic. Let us say you want to accomplish goal X. To do so you have to satisfy condition A.

Now let X be entering a university, and A be scoring high marks. Logically if you do not score high marks you cannot enter the university.

Now let X be buying a house, and A be paying the price of the house. Logically if you do not pay the price of the house, you cannot buy it.

In your case, X is attending classes, and A is solving transportational problems. Logically if you are unable, or more probably unwilling, to solve the transportational problems, you cannot attend classes. This is straight-forward logic, and it shows your belief that no matter what you do you cannot attend classes, is not true.

In the three examples above, if you wish to satisfy the necessary conditions so that you can attain your original goals, the conditions become second level goals

To score high marks, which is now X in our straight-forward logic, you have to study hard, which is now A. Logically if you do not study hard you cannot score high marks.

The above is taken from Question 7 Sept 2001 Part 3 of the Selection of Questions and Answers.

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