The idea that our daily lives are a series of random, unimportant, and even unnecessary actions and that these activities are “free” is so deeply entrenched in our culture that it has led to the belief that one should never stop to think about how one’s actions affect others—even if it’s only through the lens of the next generation.
So when we are faced with choices in our daily lives (like not buying a new phone and not buying a new car), we often feel that we should do something to not make the most impact on the world or the one we live in. That feeling comes from the fact that every action in our lives is only going to have an effect on the next generation of people.
When you think of diminishing marginal utility, you probably think of things like, not having a new phone or car. But that’s not the case. In a similar fashion to how we all think of the future by looking at the past, we also think of it by looking at the present.
Yes, we all think that we have an obligation to do things for the betterment of the world and the future of humanity. But this isn’t the case at all. The reason we feel this obligation is because we are very selfish. We don’t think that we should sacrifice our comfort, our privacy, our money, or even our lives for the greater good of the world and future. Instead, the way we think about the future is by thinking about the one we live in now.
One of the biggest lessons I learned in my new job is to ask myself, “Am I doing things for the greater good of the world?” “Am I not trying to make money or get a better job?” “What are my intentions for the people in my life, for my family, for my friends?” I try to make these questions a priority for me.
When life is too comfortable, we should ask ourselves, “what would I do with my life if I had to sacrifice for the greater good of the world, or even the entire world.” But what is a greater good? For the most part, most folks don’t think of the world as a whole and they tend to think of things like love, family, friends, and money as the things that make life worth living.
I’m not sure how this would apply to your life, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for you to sacrifice for “the greater good of the world.” Instead, I think the bigger goal should be to make a contribution to the world. For example, if you want to make a difference in the world for the greater good, donate to someone in need. Make a difference in the world by helping out someone in need.
I think this is because giving to charity, or even just giving something to someone in need, is the most useful thing you can do. When we say we’re a big fan of giving our time, or money, or even our lives, I think it’s pretty obvious that we’re talking about giving something that really doesn’t matter, but it’s not too hard to find people who do just that.
In any case, there is a great deal of evidence that suggests that we are all selfish, and that this selfishness is the basis of much of the world’s problems. The act of giving is in itself a selfish action, and since giving is a selfless act, its likely that more people are selfish and therefore doing the same thing over and over again. This is also why I think that this selfishness is the root of much of the problems we face.