In almost every aspect of our society >>> from the individual >>> to august institutions >>> to humanity

We see the Keyboard Syndrome in full play

Hitting the Same Key


the same key


for a different outcome

********** Copyright @ Eric Alagan, 2014 ************





  1. It’s ironical that in the advent of technology which emphasize on improvement, moving forward and fast, exploring new ideas and inventions; the same setup made many to become skeptical of hitting new buttons for fear of complete loss of the existing. As not to lose the current, we hit the same button and hope for a different response which at best nothing happens, but at worst everything goes to hang mode.

    On the other hand, we also said “if it works, don’t fix it, ” but notice those who loves to hit all sorts of buttons and forget to restore it to the original working condition, that is also another hazard.

    1. LOL, Jasey dearest

      Comfort zones have the tendency to render many into no more than frogs in a well.

      I know this local priest who flashes his lap top at every meeting he hosts, ostentatiously to convey how up to speed he is with the younger community. But the man’s thinking harks back to the 19th century and serves to drive people away. The number of new immigrants conceal the real decline in membership in his parish.

      Peace and blessings,

  2. This is so true and it fits me to a tee. I have been hitting the same key for too long. It seems your post has come at a perfect time. I am thinking of making a career change and you helped me see that I need to do this.

    Thanks Eric

    1. It’s good to know Susan, how this post gave that tiny nudge for something you’ve already been contemplating.

      All good wishes for the way ahead,

  3. Hmm… I guess it’s a natural tendency to do this… I keep asking my son to clean his room and thinking he will do something other than ignore me πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Janna,

      Now, I find this story quite familiar – and reckon most parents do too πŸ™‚

      Interestingly, my two girls take after me – rooms neat, tidy and everything in place. My son – although he spent two years in the military (we have national service here) and knows all about military discipline and housekeeping – but his room is a mess. He calls it ‘organised mess’ because he knows where everything is. Problem is, only he knows.

      Oh well πŸ™‚

      P/s Incidentally, in Singapore ‘children’ usually move out only after they get married. This is changing.

  4. Hello Eric…

    I am quite sure that this quote must be a reformulation of Albert Einstein’ s:
    “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”…
    I hope you have a nice week ahead, Best wishes,
    Aquileana πŸ™‚

  5. Years ago when my sister went to a psychiatrist he told her that his definition of insanity was someone who persists in doing the same thing over and over again each time with the expectation of a different result. I hasten to add that my sister is not and was not insane even though even now she often does repeat the same action expecting different results. She would probably counter that her approach is based on hope and a lack of options rather than expectation. Perhaps the same is true with that keyboard!

    1. Hello Jane dear,

      I believe all of us started off hitting the same button but many move away from it. It appals me that in business and government decision making, many hit the same buttons. As long as it worked once before – it should work again!

      It’s like all the people who criticize their politicians – but either keep voting them in or worse, do not exercise their responsibilities.

      I take particular interest in the rise of China – one sees all the danger signs. But politicians delude themselves with clichΓ©s regarding > constructive engagement (appeasement is a bad word).

      What’s more, I believe your sister’s psychiatrist is right.
      “Insanity, long hast thou taken refuge in the corridors of power
      Innocents will be called upon to pay your rent
      The currency, untold anguish and life giving – blood!”


  6. Sounds like my old desktop when it crashed and was giving me fits, and I kept hitting the ‘help’ or Esc keys. πŸ™‚

    1. LOL! Yes, and I’m sure that was not much help. And Esc does not escape – the screen simply freezes.

      Of course, when it’s over we laugh about it – until the next time πŸ™

  7. But every so often, the keyboard shortcut produces a different outcome…………which normally means it’s time for a new keyboard……….. πŸ™‚ I love Val’s comment. I used to keep a scratchpad near my desk………..with a big circle drawn on it. In the middle, the words ‘bang head here’…….. πŸ™‚ Have a wonderful week, Eric. ~ Love, Bobbie

    1. LOL! Bobbie – bang head here – that’s another good one πŸ™‚

      The sad thing is, even with the target marked out – some people don’t get it, if you know what I mean πŸ™‚

      Have a great week ahead too,

    1. Hello Norma,

      Yes, we’ve all been there I suppose πŸ™‚

      When an individual gets stuck – quite often the damage is to them and those around them. When leaders resort to such mindless actions – they affect millions, perhaps.


    1. LOL! Good one, Val dear – you gave me a chuckle.

      Just came back after my walk-a-jog and am cooling down before hitting the showers. As I nurse a Jack Daniels later, I’ll recollect what you wrote. A good chuckle goes well with premium scotch πŸ™‚

      Luv and hugz, and all the best for the week ahead,

    1. I can’t click open your link yet, Georgia – internet speeds usually slow down in the evenings here. I’ll check it out later.

      Yes, there are keyboards in many languages πŸ™‚


      1. No problem…know what slow internet is πŸ˜‰ … mine is basically qwerty … but the numbers are lower case and my symbols are different.

  8. an excellent point. i think sometimes people are afraid to hit a different key, and their fingers easily and automatically go back to the same one over and over.

    1. Thank you Aparna,

      At one level, we watch with amazement how some national leaders are conducting themselves – I would think we learned something from all those wars.

      Oh, well.

      Peace and blessings,

    1. Of course, Bill – the old, do as I say and not as I do which many in leadership positions – whether from the pulpit, on a prayer mat or from behind a lectern – espouse.

      Oh well, if there’re wolves, that’s only because many abdicate their responsibilities and act as sheep – I reckon.


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