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ileanadu
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06:33:26 PM Aug 30th 2015
edited by ileanadu
This type of agreement, where a person tries to bind the actions of their future self, is called a Ulysses Contract. It is named Ulysses after the part in the Odyssey where they are about to row/sail past the sirens whose songs are so enchanting that sailors will become mad and jump into the see and try to swim to them, encountering the deaths on the rocks in the sea near the sirens - or dying in some other form.

Ulysses/Odysseus wants to hear the music, but not come to harm, so he has his men tie him up and makes them agree to prevent him from getting loose and from redirecting the ship. Meanwhile, he has his men plug their own ears with wax so that they will not be affected by the Siren's song.

http://www.bryanbraun.com/2012/11/11/ulysses-contract

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulysses_pact
ACarlssin
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11:59:57 AM Apr 17th 2012
"Example 3" in the trope description doesn't make any sense. Can anyone clarify it?
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