price, life & exchange (and not sucking)

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

price exchange-placeHenry David Thoreau

 

Well.

 

Price.

Discussing price is always interesting. Whether it is about price in life … or price as in wallet … or I imagine even price of soul <head, heart, wallet>.

 

It’s all about the expense.

 

It’s all about the exchange.

 

Which … I imagine … ends up being about the value.

 

Look.

 

We make many decisions in life.

 

Every day.

Every hour.

Every minute.

 

And each decision is an exchange.

 

Not only an exchange of doing something versus not doing something but maybe more importantly, or of value, is the exchange involved in ‘what you have sacrificed in order to do something.’

 

Uhm

Yeah.

I typed the word ‘sacrificed.’

 

I use that word because … well … your life is finite <unless you are a vampire>.

 

Therefore all your choices involve some exchange with Life. And in doing so you are actually sacrificing some of the finite available to you, the Life line item on your balance sheet, as an expense for whatever choice you make.

 

That is the truest of true exchanges.

 

price of anythingI say that because you do not get it back. You have sacrificed it. it is gone. You may find higher value in other ways in the exchange but the cost to you, the expense, the sacrifice, is expended and gone.

 

Therefore … there is truly only one value you can control in all exchanges. And that is what you do.

And that means you control your decision <or your choice>.

 

Well.

In my simplistic way I would suggest ‘not sucking’ as the criteria in thinking about it.

 

Because if you are going to make some exchange then … well … you can, and should, control, or manage, not sucking.price keep-calm-and-don-t-suck-3

 

 

“Life is about doing things that don’t suck with people who don’t suck.” – John Green

 

 

Is that too simplistic?

Shit.

I don’t know.

 

What I do know is we often over complicate Life.

We think, and think, and overthink, pretty much everything.

 

Therefore I tend to seek some simple guidelines for judging behavior <or choices>.

 

Not sucking seems like a pretty nice simple guideline.

 

It seems to feed into a more ‘higher thinking’ type criteria in that by ‘not sucking’ you seem to tap into what appear to be some of the main sources of happiness:

–          Pleasure, Challenge and Meaning.

 

Some psychologists have identified these as ingredients of happiness.  They can certainly be separate paths as well as combined in a variety of ways. I imagine, ideally, we would spend most of our time doing things that incorporate all three ingredients … but, alas, that just isn’t too realistic.

 

Anyway.

Not sucking and the sources of happiness:

 

Pure Pleasure: An immediate positive sensation <a derivative of hedonism>. Activities that are pleasant <but not challenging or meaningful as in purpose> like laughing at a joke, eating chocolate, walking in the sunshine, a good memory, reading, swimming in the ocean, listening to music, anything that feels good in that exact moment.

** not sucking maximizes the pleasure.

 

 

Pure Challenge: The sense of accomplishment we get after we did something that required us to use our skills to solve a problem or meet a challenge. Exercising, job projects, writing essays, reading a challenging book, even running for the bus. You may not enjoy the activity, but you feel satisfaction afterwards.

** not sucking enhances the likelihood to meet the challenge.

 

 

Pure Meaning: Any activity that we consider to be worthwhile and that has a greater purpose. Contributing to a social cause, working to pay the bills, helping your neighbor, going to school to get closer to your dream job, generally improving yourself … or even practical activities which are not difficult to do and not pleasant either, but have a higher purpose.

** not sucking translates into ‘I don’t suck as a person.’

 

 

price dont-suckI went through all that just to try and prove that ‘not sucking’ is actually quite a viable objective.

 

Well.

 

Maybe not a true objective but rather if you believe Life is an exchange, than ‘not sucking’ is a viable value to put on a choice when considering you are sacrificing a portion of your finite Life in the exchange.

 

** final note: I have a vision of Thoreau spinning in his grave over the fact someone associated his wise words with ‘not sucking.’

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Written by Bruce