Mac vs PC – which one do yogis prefer?

“Mac computers are for artists, musicians, and people who need to feel special about themselves …” I read that in a book by a well-known internet marketer recently. Ok, it really doesn’t have anything to do with what I’m going to say here, but it made me chuckle :O) …


Actually, that whole Mac vs PC debate is such a hot one that maybe I will use it to get this article going … after all, you know how I like to stir up controversy, (and then step aside as the mayhem breaks loose!).

So why not? … PC vs Mac is one topic I haven’t hit yet. ;O)

If you own and swear by your PC computer, then you’ve probably got one of those annoying Mac friends (sorry Mac folks) who just can’t seem to pass up an opportunity to preach the virtues of their stylish little machine. You know, they’re always half looking over your shoulder while you’re working, just waiting for something to go funky on your PC so they can jump up and say “that never happens on a Mac!”

Well, I’ve used a PC since my computing life began, and I know they’re not perfect. Recently, though, I’ve tried out the Mac. There definitely are some nice things about it, I will admit, but now I can definitely tell you that they aren’t as perfect as you’ve been lead to believe by your Apple obsessive friends.  In fact, the more I use the Mac, the more “little quirks and annoyances” I find with it too.

No, my friends, Macs are not sent from heaven.  The reality in the Mac vs PC analysis is that they have just as many “issues” as PCs do … just different ones, that’s all!

So why the religious zeal from the legions on Mac freaks out there?

My friend Leon put it to me this way.“If you spend twice as much on a computer than you have to, then wouldn’t you have to keep justifying it to yourself somehow?”

[This is the part where I step aside and let the mayhem break loose … ;o)]

OK, Maybe I’ve lost some of the Mac users here already, but since their market share is still less than 4%, most of you are probably still with me … :O). But Leon’s comment, whether it has merit or not, brings up the point of this article (not bad … you know sometimes it takes me 2 pages to get to the point of my articles!)

The point is justification. How much we do it … and how long and deep we allow ourselves to get buried in it.

There is one saying that we all know. “Two wrongs, don’t make a right.” It makes perfect sense. Yet on the practical playing field of life, that truth seems rather difficult to grab hold of.

Our egos, yours and mine, all have one thing in common. They don’t like to admit they’re wrong. When we make a mistake, or find out that what we thought was true is not so true after all, then we squirm … and we get ourselves tangled up in a relentless web of pseudo logic and feeble justifications … rather than coming clean and just admitting that we know more now than we thought we did before.

Every culture on the planet has its own way of doing this. If you’re Asian, then you know all about “saving face.” In most parts of Asia, pointing out that somebody is wrong, even when it concerns a simple, seemingly innocuous little matter, is as bad (if not worse) than spitting in someone’s face in front of their entire extended family is for us Westerners.

Whether you’re an Asian who “avoids,” or a Westerner who “justifies,” this is just one of many little examples of how, in the interest of cultural protocol, we repeatedly act in ways that keep us spinning our wheels on the path of evolution.

If we want to grow as human beings, then what is the absolute worse thing we can do?

Cling to our errant choices.

What is the biggest tendency that we all have?

Clinging to our choices.

If you’re a Democrat, it doesn’t mean that you won’t find a good idea from a Republican … and if you’re a Republican, that doesn’t mean that everything Barack Obama does is wrong, wrong … WRONG!

… but Mac vs Pc is a big enough can of worms for one day ;o)

I do recommend, however, the next time you find yourself fiercely defending a decision that you’ve made, that you take a step or two up the ladder of evolution … The perspective from there is much better and you just may see that things aren’t quite like you thought they were down there on the playing field of life.

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Yogacharya is the director of International Yogalayam, and Editor of The Yoga News

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