I don’t believe that most people really want a lot of money as an end or ultimate goal. They consider that a means to a more ultimate end state. They want money because they think they will be able to buy freedom, goods and services, world travel, etc. with that money and that those things will make them happy. Same thing applies to fame or other forms of recognition. People want happiness, contentment, love, meaning or some other ultimate state. Those are what they ultimately seek whether they explicitly recognize it or not.
We spend our lives chasing means to those ends. What does the evidence of real-world results demonstrate to us in regards to the effectiveness of this approach? This is not a scientific opinion, but I think it is uncontroversial to say that if you look at the lives of those who have achieved those means, they usually don’t achieve the ultimate end that they were really after. Whatever we like to believe, the evidence is that it really doesn’t work. We seem to think that those those others didn’t do it right, and we will not make the same mistakes they did.
Why don’t we just skip these difficult to attain means, skip all the stress and pain that we will encounter along the way, and go directly to the ends we desire? The more I reflect on all this, the more convinced I am that going more directly to the end is a simple and powerful approach that is almost always missed in our “success” oriented modern societies.
I’ve been writing a lot on this blog about ways to become more content, happy, and peaceful right now. I’m getting better at it every day and you can too. I’m taking the simple, direct, and reliable path to my ultimate ends and skipping the stressful means that won’t work anyway.
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