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Very often, we take a short term view of things. We’re not to blame here - it’s in our DNA to prioritise the short-term over the long-term. Mother Nature has genetically predisposed us to do so as tomorrow is never guaranteed.
Humans dominance as a species has been a result of taking a long-term approach and sacrificing any potential short term gains.
Take, for example, Yuval Noah Harari, the bestselling author of Sapiens - describes the money system as fiction, a figment of our imagination.
Chimpanzees (or other animals for that matter) don’t have this imagination. There’s no way you can fool a chimpanzee. He will not give you a banana, in return for a green piece of paper; or because of a promise that you’ll give him 3 bananas in return next year.
Chimpanzees take a very short-term view.
Taking a long-term view on things and ignoring the short term benefits (or noise) allows us to make decisions that are in our best long-term interest.
By taking a long-term view, we are less likely to cut corners, less likely to ignore opportunity costs and more likely to make the correct ethical decision.
We make better decisions when taking a long-term view. The long-term will always trump the short-term.
Don’t be like a Chimpanzee.
I hope you all have an awesome week!
It appears that the US and China are somewhat about to agree to a trade deal. It makes the below short essay topical. It’s one I wrote about the escalating trade war between the US and China earlier in the year, considering who was likely to come out worse.
3 Things I've Enjoyed This Week
- Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker - This TED talk is essentially a summary of his book Why We Sleep. Matthew shares with us the importance of sleep, along with the dangers of not getting sufficient sleep daily.
- Why humans run the world | Yuval Noah Harari - Although Yuval trained as a historian, I find this talk to be more about philosophy than it is about history. A carefully packaged talk, highlighting how humans have created arbitrary rules, in seeking to find order in the world.
- On needing to find something to worry about - Do you ever start worrying when you have nothing to worry about? You’re not alone - it’s a human trait.
Tweet of the Week
This Week's Wisdom
“Listen, if people don’t like you, it’s not always your fault.”
- Min Jin Lee, in the book: Pachinko
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