Alchanati Campbell & Associates
What's up Reality?
Being versus doing, free trade, satisfaction and reality in it’s most blunt form… get ready for it (breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth).
Is it better simply to be or continue to do? Modernity, capitalism, productivity, moving, evolving and doing. Being comes before doing. To be an effective doer, you have to develop the self-awareness to trace the root of surface-level conflicts that cause you to exert effort towards something you don’t care about deep down. The lower the cost of moving from one space in your life to another, the more you will be able to both experience and accomplish. Any extra decision you have to actively think about before you start doing something takes you out of the flow. If you focus on synchronizing your being by interconnecting the different modular goals of your mind, then you can get to a place where doing becomes enjoyable.
Free trade. Completely free trade is unlikely because countries have vastly different economies in different stages of development, different degrees of domestic economic and political freedoms, and separate currencies. Americans with the skills and knowledge to compete in a free market world would continue to thrive, but the rest would suffer lower incomes due to globalization.
Reality. The rate of people 65 and older filing for bankruptcy is three times what it was in 1991. The median retirement account balance of people ages 56 to 61 is just $25,000. The financial problems aging Americans are experiencing will be exacerbated by the fact that people are living longer. 78% of full-time workers sad they live paycheck to paycheck.
Why we are never truly satisfied. Only a man who lives not in time but in the present is happy. For life in the present there is no death. Given that we are the narrators of life, we trust that the existence of the past and the future is as real as the existence of the present. We are so attached to an imagined inner story about who we are that we forget that the world in front of us isn’t at all dictated by this story. It is not often where you are simply there in a particular moment rather than stuck in a loop of thought dominated by a voice in your head that keeps you company. Humans report the highest satisfaction when they are completely lost in some activity around them rather than in the imagined struggle that goes on in their mind. We need to sacrifice the comfort of our imagination.
Reality pt. 2. You are both everything and nothing at the same time. The key to an open mind lies in being able to attend to a topic at hand without using that same attention to closely tie in a current belief system in such a way that it forgets the existence of a world beyond what it already knows. You have to look for the pleasant in the unpleasant. Humans don’t make rational decisions based on outcome, but rather in terms of gains and losses. We don’t ever fully see or experience reality. Our personal experience makes up 0.0000000000001% of what has happened in the world, but it represents about 80% of how we think the world works. We don’t become who we are by staying as we are now. Your sense of attachment to who you want to become is more valuable than a life of more. Choose development beyond success; the only way to capture meaningful success is to give up chasing more of what you already have.
The Alchanati Campbell and Associates Team
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