Consistency consists of creating the consistent expectation that specific actions will always be performed under specific circumstances. In nature, this is a hard wired pattern of choices for keeping your species alive. In people, however, the extent to which you are creative is often determined by a degree of inconsistency. Tricky. Are we judged by what we do rather than what we are? To a very large extent, in many circumstances, for sure. But there are a couple of social conventions that sometimes give you a day off from that. This one goes out to anyone whose birthday it is today.