this is a sequel to the previous post.
looking back at that post now, i feel like my conclusion was pretty crappy.
“I would like to have the choice to live many human experiences, feel all the human emotions, explore the universe with human knowledge and engage in a life of giving.”
that’s because living “different” experiences is really ambiguous, and anything we do including living on the streets, being incarcerated can be said to be living another human experience. so i realize i was being a bit vague there.
there’s also unresolved issues related to money, to what extent should you base your choices on money. i talked about money previously and how we need to rely on to a large extent, money to live in this world,
money is strangely powerful. there’s a chinese saying that is 钱不是万能，但没有钱万万不能，which translates to money cannot accomplish everything, but you cannot accomplish anything without money.
as i said before, i don’t think money itself is evil, because eventually there had to be an abstract quantifiable construct that was used to signify value. this was the only way for trade to happen. but money should never be the reason you decide to do something, so not 100%.
i had prepared to talk about value in economics in this post but that explanation got too long and is now included here. but the important thing to realize is that value in economics is very similar to value we assign to choices when we’re making decisions.
the value of something has multiple contributing factors. a pair of canvas shoes may be x, but a pair of Toms cost more because we added in how much extra we are willing to pay for their charitable work of giving another pair of shoes to kids in developing countries.
another thing to get out of this is that value is also a subjective measurement. your value of something for various reasons is different from the other persons which explains everyone’s unique course of action.
we do things differently because we have different value systems. we have different value systems because we have different beliefs, which means life means something different to everyone. you can look at the collection here on wikipedia. Really, go take a look at the list of Popular Views.
i said this before, but if you think about it, there really is no reason for life. why are we alive from the perspective of the universe? or even, why are we alive from the perspective of the creator of this universe if there is one. i believe there is no ultimate meaning to life, except to live. if that is true, that means we can pretty much do anything we want because there is no objective for us to really fulfill.
the answer to the question how to live life is that there is no answer. the only thing we can come to a conclusion is that you should do whatever you like only because doing what you don’t like sucks a lot.
the things i wrote in the previous post were my attempts of trying to come up with a perfect answer but i realize there is none. so i’ll try again and present my own ideas, and not same universally applicable theory.
so here are my personal opinions which you are welcome to listen to
i want to give, comes from a world view that the world is unfair and i should help those less fortunate. i do wish this world was a more beautiful place and i hope i can push it more that way. i want to do something that may not have been possible if it wasn’t for me.
i don’t believe in pursuit of happiness or pleasure, because i don’t think it’s possible to appreciate happiness without going through sadness. and you can’t find happiness by pursuing it directly. you encounter it on the side.
and plus humans can never stay happy. we always naturally return to the same level of happiness, hedonic treadmall
i don’t believe in blindly pursuing success. because blindly pursuing it will change you if you’re not following it with your heart.
why should you ever do something? decision-making works like economics, explained in more detail at bottom of this post. if you think the cost of doing something is lower than the return, you will do it. i’m probably saying something very obvious, but everyone ascribes a value to every decision he/she make. ultimately, you pick the one with the highest value. this value consists of many things but my biggest factor is is this what i love. even 3 idiots knew that. my second factor is that whatever i need to live because i love life. money is unavoidable in that extent. to what extent should you base your choices on money? to the lowest extent which is personally allowable.
all decision making is based on the belief we can control our lives. but i realize we are infinitely small and life is a hodgepodge, you can never expect what will happen next, because of a very fundamental property; atoms move based on probability. you need the courage to pursue an idea, but have also the same courage to let it go. don’t be jealous of anyone and don’t have pity for yourself. some people have the privilege of not knowing what they should to do or have to do. others are forced to be realistic at a young age. things happen in life for no apparent reason. a friend taught me this: you can always learn something no matter what you do. always keep an open mind. regret things you have done but never have pity for yourself.