More or Less

27 January 2014 ~ Question of the Day ~ More or Less

What do you need More or Less of in your life?

More days of life.

Less of the disabilities normally associated with age.

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Hi RM and OM

Interesting distinction between needs, wants, and expectations.

For me, needs are those things which are essential, which is actually quite a short list:
Clean air, fresh water, nutritious food, shelter appropriate to conditions, clothing, freedom of communications (ability to communicate with communities of interest) and travel, access to education.
Beyond those basics, we have need of medical technology occasionally, for life maintenance and extension.

Given those, humans have the ability to self actualise, as Abraham Maslow put forward in his famous 1943 paper. I would alter those needs slightly, in the light of information that has been discovered since 1943, but his work covers the gist of the situation.
These things are needs that every person has, and we have the technical capacity to meet those needs for every individual on the planet, but our addiction to markets and market values prevents us doing so, because markets necessarily value such abundance of anything at zero (and if there’s no money to be made then there is no incentive to achieve – within the dominant paradigm).

Satisfaction is defined in marketing as the difference between expectation and delivery.
If one cultivates an awareness of no expectations (what RM was essentially describing) then whatever is delivered provides satisfaction. That is a very logical and sensible approach to achieving personal satisfaction in everything, provided it does not lead one away from making choices in alignment with one’s long term self interests.

It seems that it is most powerful to have lofty goals (preferably ones that offer universal attainment), and to aim for them, yet not get attached to their attainment. In such a fashion, every step on the journey is one involving satisfaction.

About Ted Howard NZ

Seems like I might be a cancer survivor. Thinking about the systemic incentives within the world we find ourselves in, and how we might adjust them to provide an environment that supports everyone (no exceptions) - see www.tedhowardnz.com/money
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