We all avoid painful situations. It’s human nature. It’s the nature of life itself to move away from pain – and towards pleasure. This served us well in the past yet, while the world has changed greatly over the past 10,000 years, our brains haven’t changed one bit.
Most of the pain today has been eliminated. No disease, no hard labor, no struggle and no war. This has left us with an overabundance of pleasure. Sloth, greed, envy and lust are plentiful in the modern world. These are all great ways to enjoy yourself. But they will ruin your life.
An example of a short term win is to go out drinking. Here is the formula:
Spend money – >Be happy (temporarily) -> Continue to fall deeper down the slippery slope of poor health and bad financial management.
What’s hard is to stay in. Save your money and pay off your debt. Even more difficult is to invest in the future.
Addressing a problem that took years to surface is painful. Much more painful than covering it up, so it’s easier to just ignore it. This is why you hear people with the same New Year’s resolution year after year they want to ‘lose weight’ but when one month of hard work doesn’t erase ten years worth of Cheetos, they throw in the towel.
The life of despair you get from ignoring your problems is not worth it. There is a price to everything. Just like not choosing is in itself a choice, not thinking is indeed an action. There is a cost to not thinking.
More money, more problems.”
I filed my first tax return this year with money made as a 1099 independent contractor. There was so much more to think about. What can I deduct? What do I owe? How many miles did I drove for work? The list goes on and on, but with that added thought came a larger tax return. Conversely, a W-2 wage slave doesn’t have to think about any of that and he also can’t deduct jack shit from his taxes.
My fat friend doesn’t have to think about health, nutrition or exercise. Then again, he will never know how great it feels to have a properly running body that is well fed and ready for anything. He will never know what it is like to be the most handsome guy in a room or what it is like to be able to protect his loved ones. That is the cost of not thinking about health. Later, he will pay with actual money when his heart quits or he is diagnosed with diabetes.
Most people don’t think or know how things work. Cars, for example. They will pay when parts break that haven’t been properly maintained. They may even get into an accident as a result of their bald tires, old brake fluid or something else they didnt think about. What if they don’t know anything about computers? They get to enjoy the many viruses you will get from clicking on stupid links. They’ll have to pay someone else to do something as simple as adding more RAM. They could lose important files as a result of their mental negligence.
Average people never think about where they want to be in life and instead, go with the flow. Then they end up living out their nightmares, instead of the life of their dreams.
Fortune favors those who march by the beat of their own drum, for they are the only truly happy people. On their deathbed, they don’t think about the ‘should have’s ‘could have’s or ‘would have’s they think about all the crazy things they did. How they got away with it and how fulfilling it was to have lived a life on their terms. The people who go with the flow only realize in their last moments that all the ‘rules’ we follow are imaginary. That nothing really matters so you might as well be happy.
The worst pain from not thinking is the pain of regret.
Thinking is a burden – a pain even, at times. This is why many people don’t think about the things that are wrong in their life. But it is a burden I would never be without. And it is one I recommend you don’t go without either, my friend.