A computer program is written for a machine. Its logs are written for humans. A machine’s log is its journal – something that tells you about its thought process.
The old adage goes think twice before you act. Any psychologist will tell you the difference between fast and slow thinking. Think fast and you are the mercy of the immediate. Slow yourself down and you exercise your autonomy.
A computer program is fast and immediate. Its log helps us slow things down and make adjustments. The days of our lives are fast and immediate. Our journal helps us slow them down and exercise choice.