People who develop stereotypes forget to include exceptions. It feels good to have symmetrical patterns or trends without the glitches in between. But it is that asymmetry that makes the design unique.
Comparison is a way to feel the pressure to accomplish more, because it steals your joy. And as we all know how much any living thing especially us humans, love to strive towards balance and happiness.
Having talent or not is equivalent to having or not having privileges.
Everyone’s born with a certain level of capacity and facility. The privileged (both in talent and resources) have an edge or headstart to what comes ahead in life. The talent and resources not put to use will perish away.
The under previleged are at disadvantage compared to the the privileged. But that doesn’t mean they have no right to become privileged through hard work. That’s how all the rags to riches stories go.
Whatever you’re born with is impermanent. It can be improved upon further with planning and practice or get lost within a blink of an eye.
The situation may not seem favourable to the disadvantaged group. But think. Those who lack resources have more room to explore and learn. Surely having resources at hand saves time. But not having them makes you struggle and that struggle makes you resilient.
To sum it up, though the destination is similar for everyone, the paths taken are diverse. Are you the kind of person who prefers to enjoy the journey or taste the victory of reaching the goal?
Humans are not wholly driven by primitive desires. We are partly driven by principles. That’s what set us apart from other species.
Be inquisitive like a child and be understanding like an adult.
Humans are genetically common, yet so culturally diverse.
Be brave but also careful. Because if you’re too brave you ignore to see the costs, and if you’re too careful you fail to see the prize.
Humans are much closer to each other biologically than they are different culturally. And yet our differences predict the outcome more often than our unity.
The long-term negative outcome (dramatic changes in the climate) is far away in the future. The individual benefits are occurring right now (such as driving to work alone in one’s own car). Thus making it difficult to see how many costs there really are.
Similarly, short-term costs of a behaviour lead individuals to avoid performing it, and this may prevent the long term benefits that would have occurred if the behaviours had been performed. For instance, cooking at home has short-term time and energy costs, but at least you avoid the long-term monetary and health costs associated with eating outside.
It is easy to assume that you won’t live long enough to witness the end of the world.
It is easy to assume that you live only once, making it acceptable to go all out while you still can.
But is it right to assume and do whatever you want in your time and leave nothing for the future?
Just because someone doesn’t follow the norm doesn’t mean they’re wrong.