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Negative Three Bananas


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There are plenty of paradoxes in life.

Some are pretty cool.

On a deeper level, these aren't really paradoxes.

They are a function of how our brains perceive reality.

Our brains evolved to perceive macro events.

Apples falling from trees, counting discretely.

For example, the main reason we have a base ten number system is because we have ten fingers.

But in reality, you can have any base number system you want.

Way back in the day, nobody needed to write anything down.

Then people stopped hunting and began farming.

And this is when they needed to write stuff down.

Writing down numbers meant they had to invent new ways of counting.

Negative numbers, for example, were needed for accounting.

But they'd never really "existed" before.

And for many, they seemed to be based on black magic or something.

How the heck do you have negative three bananas?

But the more science we learn, the more paradoxes we discover.

But these aren't really paradoxes.

They are just us and our ancient brains trying to understand reality.

One thing that makes a huge difference is what time frame you are looking at.

All humans are programmed to avoid pain and seek pleasure.

But often short term pleasure is a BAD idea.

If all you did was watch TV, drink Jack Daniels, and eat Big Macs, you would feel good (maybe) in the short term, but in the long term you'd be dead.

Nobody really ENJOYS getting out of bed early.

At least not just to get up.

We can only TRAIN ourselves to enjoy doing the hard things once we experience the good things on the other side.

One thing we humans HATE is failure.

Especially social failure.

Taking a risk, when everybody is watching, is TERRIFYING for most people.

On the other hand, all of the REALLY good stuff in life is on the OTHER SIDE of risk.

You might say that taking small risks is one of the greatest skills to cultivate.

How do you do this?

Just do it.

Start as small as you can.

Get comfortable going SLIGHTLY outside your comfort zone.

The more you go outside of your comfort zone, the easier it will be.

Because when you get down to it, EVERYTHING that is worth getting will ALWAYS be OUTSIDE of your comfort zone.

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