See The World As It Is

May 23, 2015

Liars lie.
And cheaters cheat.
What kind of a world would it be if liars didn’t lie and cheaters didn’t cheat?

My econ professor taught me to see the world as it exists.
See reality. Then create economic models explaining why.
Rather than creating models first. And trying to fit reality into it.

A common example he gave was how candy & popcorn are expensive at movie theaters. Don’t argue that food should be cheaper and theater owners are dumb. Instead assume theater owners know what they are doing. And figure out why it’s so expensive. Then the answer comes. They sell movie tickets as cheap as possible to attract a larger audience. This bring in rich & poor alike. Then they charge highly for food. To make more money from people who can afford it.

Just like gas stations.
Cheap gas. Expensive junk food.

The idea becomes a little harder when dealing with humans.
Why did that guy cut me off on the highway.
Why was that lady so rude to me on the phone?
Why does my relative annoy me with her negativity?
Why do people break into cars?

These types of questions can send me into a negativity spiral.
Then I have to remind myself that things exist the way they do.
If I take a deep breath and accept things the way they are, peace comes.
Simple, but not easy. It’s a daily practice.

“Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.”
– Eckhart Tolle

“You have power over your mind, not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
– Marcus Aurelius

“When you argue with reality, you lose but only 100% of the time.”
– Byron Katie

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The Scorpion and the Frog
“The fable is used to illustrate the position that no change can be made in the behaviour of the fundamentally vicious.”