Things on my Mind #5

1. Many times in the past week, this quotation from "Batman: The Dark Knight came up:"

You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

This, obviously, has undertones of the concept of "overliving," which I hope to explore in future writings. At face value, however, there is a profound question to consider. How much should we pursue longevity? Should longevity even be a goal worth striving for? To answer the question, we notice that most people try to balance longevity and living a "good life" in their definition of the phrase. As most might concede, it is not apparent that pursuing longevity of life is an end in itself. Most people's revealed preference is that longevity is merely a means to an end. Further, we also prioritize longevity (however high or low that ranks). For example, we invest in the stock market or 401k's, pensions, and other fiduciary decisions with a long time frame. This is because we all expect a certain level of longevity in our lives and our means of survival. As a result, it seems the market considers longevity in the basket of things that constitutes a well-functioning life.

2. On tracking intellectual growth: One of the more popular sayings that drive most of what I do is the "unexamined life is not worth living." Most of the time, tracking how much growth a person experiences within a period can offer clues into times when new growth spurts come or are underway. Using things like the types and number of books one reads. Philosophically, however, I conjecture that the growth one might experience is hard to measure when one is an autodidact. Primarily because philosophy does not offer clean and clear success metrics in thinking beyond knowing how to think.

3. We should all be philosophers in our respective domains.

4. Are there ever tight friend markets? Can one ever be bullish or bearish on the market for friends? Are there also predictions one can make on their future prospects in the friend market. One can naïvely predict their outcomes in the market for friends based on their previous success in the market for friends. This naïve forecast is actually entirely rational and most likely the one everyone practices (Or they don't do this way at all because they don't think of it in these terms.) One should also be confident that their outcomes will change marginally. Depending on how long they have had their current portfolio of friends, they might seek out friends that bring out different aspects of themselves. This means the things you require or demand of your new friends won't necessarily be identical across the board. Further, your belief system and worldview have also been shaped by your current portfolio of friends, which means that your newer friends will be indirectly influenced by your current group of friends. Thus the people around you are important now, but they are crucial for your future. Therefore, make friends using Beckerian considerations.

Certainty Rating: 62%


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