When a subject makes an effort that is unsuccessful, it’s not the effort that’s felt as contradicting; it’s the unreached goal that contradicts the subject’s structure.

Even though a subject’s Context will often confuse the effort it makes to reach a goal as an indication of that subject’s Relationability, subject’s understand that one thing is the effort made to reach a goal and quite another the true status of their Relationability with respect to the goal itself. From a subject’s perspective, that which confirms or contradicts that subject’s Relationability is not whether or not their efforts are successful in reaching specific goals but whether or not the goals themselves are obtained. When a subject reaches for a piece of candy, it’s not testing its “ability to reach a specific objective”, it reaches for the candy so that it can consume it.

This in no way means that Man never uses the evaluation of effort as a goal in and of itself. The playing of competitive games is a good example of this: When playing a game, even though the reaching of a goal can be valuable, often it is so only as an indicator of how much effort must be used to reach it. Outside of the typical game scenario however, the confirmational or contradictory nature of goal seeking is specifically found in the success or failure of achieving a specific goal, no matter how much or how little effort must be used to reach it

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