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Why Care About the Future, Long-Term and Legacy

OK, here is a question that I have previously asked in other forms..

Why care about the future, long-term or your legacy?

Have you ever considered that any real willingness to work towards a future goal, or give a shit about the future, requires you to believe in the following-

a. The feasibility of your future goal- remember ‘feasibility’ not ‘sure thing’.

b. A realistic expectation that you will not be totally ripped off on the way to achieving your goal, or after achieving it.

c. The realistic expectation that you will be cared for if you fail to achieve your goal, inspite of your best efforts.

d. That most others care about your dedication to achieving that goal and will reward you in some way.

e. That you will spend most of your time working towards that goal, rather than fending of backstabbers and saboteurs.

While many naive indoctrinated men worked towards goals that were not beneficial to them in previous eras, modern communication and connectivity have made it much harder for the non-stupid to be misled.


  1. March 1, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Either you choose to curl up in a ball and die or you work towards what you want your life to be. Sure there will be set-backs, obstacles, haters, detractors and all kinds of other shit to deal with.

    But so what, it’s kind of fun. What else are you gonna do?

    There are other options..

    • March 1, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      Nomadic Neill is right of course… but the thing is, “working towards what you want your life to be” is not equivalent to “following the usual conventional wisdom” (which, to the contrary, is a sure path to misery).

  2. Deus
    March 1, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I’ve known since I was a kid the major obstacles in my life to success would be other people. I ain’t going to make it easy on them.

  3. May 4, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    We have to adopt goals and leave legacies in the full knowledge it may all be meaningless. The option of doing nothing out of some sense of ennui self eliminates. You don’t see too many people doing it.
    You can’t really do nothing anyway, you have to maintain and feed yourself. So really the big options are.
    a. Be on the defensive doing a bare minimum to survive.
    b. Take the initiative.
    c. Commit suicide.

    I too see the conventional society as a useless treadmill.
    My view on our institution of retirement.

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