Sunday, May 29, 2011

Reshuffling. changing the arrangement, without improving the whole

You see people investing lots of money to "renovate" their hiuse, while in practice they  just chsnge the order of rooms.

In life, likewise, you can make changes that are merely a reshuffle of the stuff, not an improvement.

Many job changes are like that. Chznging green with yellow.

With improvement, i mean increasing the overal value. Like when one improves his health, get a betterr job (rather than the common "path for improvement") and so on.

Take moving to another city.
Sometimes, it is about change. The general properties of both places are similar, and you just move.
Yet sometimes, it is a real improvement. If you go to a place whose atamosphere is making you happier, whose culture is betater for you, whkse jobs are more compatible with your life (or better air sun prices, etc.) that is an improvement.

Reshuffling - like all parameter changes- can improve life. 
Changing the order of rooms at home, while not a tangible improvement, can actually be a real improvement. 

While objectively the above is true, we should respect the value of positie illusions. People engage continousely in various tricks to delude themsekves thast they areimproving their lives. The very ide that life goes for the better gives hope and energy, and should nkt be undervalued. Reshuffling seres many times in these illusions.

Distinguish between reshuffling and improvement
Many changes in life do reshuffle, but do not improve the overal state of affairs. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

As Daniel Gilbert said, variety gives happiness. Once we start to see bored things is because the lack of variety. That happens with everything, sex, clothes, trends, fads, cars,food etc, etc. This may explain why too many divorces nowdays when we have more fredom. But there is another trick if you can't make variety, and that is the delayed gratification though is not easier than the former.