Man’s search for meaning

Being Human

After some light experiences with coaching and therapy style conversations, I have 2.5 conclusions:

1. It doesn’t matter much if you’re happy or sad, the key thing is to be doing something worthwhile. If you prioritise happiness, you’re selfish. If you prioritise money, you’re a fool. If you prioritise beneficial impact for others*, you’ll at least have done something worthwhile.

* As determined by objective existential threats.

2. The main thing seems to be just to do whatever you’re doing with a smile, patience, and to hide frustration.

3. We arguably don’t feel ENOUGH pain. The whole “be happy” thing seems to be about avoidance / designing out pain. I’d argue that pain is a useful motivator to act. We perhaps *should* allow ourselves to feel it so that we don’t become complacent.

Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons

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