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Importance of the Present vs the Future

  1. Jun 15, 2014 #1
    Hello,

    i would like to share some thoughts about this question i have been thinking about. Everyday we make choices that affect the future, sometimes we even choose to compromisse some of the present time or resources just to build something better in the future.

    Sometimes i try to reverse engineer the human mind, and my point in here is, how does the human mind cope with these choices? There are several situation when we opt to, for instance, do a long car travel just to save some Money on buying something because it is cheaper on some farther away place. In this situation we may have a really boring time during the car travel, and the benefit only comes later. On the other hand, if we had bought the thing we wanted at a nearer place, we wouldnt have such a boring moment even though we may end up wasting more Money. What exists in our mind that makes the first situation better than the second one? The future only come after the present, so we will be some time away from benefitting from any possible future positive result.

    Another even deeper thought i had about this, pertains to our thinking. Sometimes we could just act, without thinking, like just picking the first course of action. Nevertheless, when someone tells us "hey, let's us buy some drinks at that pub over there", our mind automatically starts thinking about some way to buy cheaper drinks, or at a nearest place. While we are thinking we are not "having fun", we could reach a pleasurable situation earlier by simply picking the first course of action, nonetheless we think about ways to reacher an even better state at the future, even if it will cost us time that we wont be having fun and will delay our pleasure.

    What leads the human mind to act in the way it does on these situations?
     
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  3. Jun 15, 2014 #2
    I like don't planning for the future, the future is far too unpredictable and uncertain to plan for.
     
  4. Jun 15, 2014 #3

    Evo

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    Indecision. It's different for everyone, some people are decisive and make their minds up right away. Is there some point to this, because I don't see one.
     
  5. Jun 15, 2014 #4
    Is there one that can be considered better than the other? One of them has hapiness right away, the other one has 2x happiness after some period of time.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2014 #5

    Evo

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    No, depends on the person.
     
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