Thursday, August 26, 2010

The difference between being smart and being rational

Should we ruminate on our past mistakes? Should we spend time to find out who was right in a technical and insignificant matter?

The stupid choices are clearly stupid. Yet, forcefully fighting them can be even more stupid. You may kill yourself in the way to verify you are not mistaken. This is what i call being rational.

Being smart is another thing altogether. Understanding that something is useless is naturally leading you to avoid it. This is normal and human. Is any person inn. His right mind willing to spend energy on bad adventures? Clearly not. 

The difference is in the naturalness of the process, and whether the is effort involved.  Being smart is usually much more natural, and does not involve inner fights. That is how it is roughly. 

Be smart. Effortlessly.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The habitual and the essential

When we eat something unhealthy we feel bad. Same with what we are not used to. But the distinctions is crucial. Because habituation can be changed, and is many times worthwhile. While more ingrained causes are less flexible.

Here is a strong deviation from the idea of "get used to it". Getting used to unhealthy stuff cannot make them healthy. Habituation power is mainly good habits that are not bad by themselves. Where the only problem is psychological.

The same idea applies to the positive. There should probably be more value in inherently positive experiences that inn those who are just made up to create the experience.

Analogy from the financial crises. Illiquid banks are useful to bailout. Yet bankrupt banks (zombie, like in japan) are better off to die, they are better off dying