Why do we do what we do?A plethora of reasons of course; we sleep because we’re sleepy, we eat because we’re hungry, we play because it’s fun. Simple!
But there are many things that we do for which the reasons are quite a bit more complicated. Why would you want to spend 4 (or more) years of your life studying? Why would you get up every morning to go to a job that you don’t like?
Studying of pays off in the long run. And without this job, you might have no job, implying no income and so no food to eat, meaning you have to go hungry. Which isn’t very pleasant…
We invest now (time, energy), so that we’ll have something later (money, food, fun).
We eat and play because they make us feel good. We study and work because we expect they will make us feel better later (even though they might make us feel worse now).
Instead, we evolved to use shortcuts whenever possible: If A leads to B and B leads to C and C is pleasant, I’ll optimize for A.
And most of the time that makes sense. But not always.
Work leads to money, money leads to food, a new television, a bigger house, going to the theater… All sorts of stuff that makes us happy (directly or indirectly).
The animal inside takes a shortcut and goes: More happiness is good, so more money must be good, so more work must be good… Without really taking into account what the cost associated with these steps is.
And that is what got. Our current society is optimized for money. And indirectly this means it was optimized for work.
Time to get the inner hamster off of the treadmill?
I’m Bastiaan. This blog is meant to give you some insight into the things I run into and perhaps to inspire you to go in search of your own life extraordinaire.
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