Comment: To decide = To cut off

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To decide = To cut off

decide (v.) - late 14c., "to settle a dispute," from Old French decider, from Latin decidere "to decide, determine," literally "to cut off," from de- "off" (see de-) + caedere "to cut"

http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=decide&allowed_in_f...

Yeah man! Cut off that dead wood. Lose that dead weight. Melt that ice. Scrape it off the old windshield. Clear the decks. Create the clearing.

It is much easier to choose when you have that clearing.

The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
- Alan Watts