What really matters

Ultimately, if you don’t have a long term aim, what ends up mattering is whatever you deem good for yourself in the moment. This would quickly start to feel like chaos except that we all develop an ability to rationalize away our decisions in ways that are always flattering to our egos. Even when we aer beating ourselves up for certain choices, it feels like we must be a good person for doing so, so it puffs up our vanity to indulge it.

So the long term aim can serve as a sort of antidote. Long term aims are not sustainable if they don’t serve some good besides our own. They insult our ego. But our egos are going to get insulted anyways – s0 what the hell, might as well go for it.


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