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We Always Accept the Easiest Path

I, like everyone else, always like to take the easiest path. This is usually the most sensible thing to do. But, if we all always choose to take the easiest path, then there is a terrible tendency for problems to very gradually build up. Let me give you a very simple example of how this can happen.


Let us consider two people, who by chance I shall call Mr Germany and Mr Greece. Mr Germany is naturally industrious and he enjoys making things. Many people are like this. Mr Greece is not like this. He is a nice jovial fellow and he likes entertaining. Mr Greece is a builder by trade and so he extends his house, which is close to the sea, so that this house can become a holiday resort. He uses the items, which Mr Germany makes, to do this. He is slightly in debt to Mr Germany to do this. Mr Germany is happy to lend this money for this project because he can see that this is a sensible investment and he will be well repaid. Both Mr Greece and Mt Germany are optimists. I think this is healthy positive attitude for all people to take.
            For several years everything goes very well. Mr Germany enjoys making things and Mr Greece continues to extend his house and to accept paying guests. Of course he pays some of his profits back to Mr Germany.
            But, as the years progress, visitors don’t keep on increasing. They can’t – there is only a limited number of people in the world. But Mr Germany is good at, and he likes, making things and Mr Greece is very kind and he enjoys entertaining people. So they are both very happy to continue on as they are. They, mutually and conveniently, don’t bother to notice that the debt between them is gradually increasing.
            But all good things must come to an end. Mr Germany and Mr Greece grow old and their children want to take over the parent’s businesses. Then the children find out there is a huge debt between their respective families. No one knows what to do because everyone was expecting that their two different activities would continue to provide good employment to both families. But these two families have now one almighty difficult problem to solve.


Now I know this is a terribly simplistic situation. So from our infancy, we have all learnt that “we shall neither a borrower nor a lender be”. Everyone knows that debt is a terribly destructive feature of life. So we sane people certainly wouldn’t do something like this. But there are a lot more subtle ways in which these situations can occur. And this is what I will discuss in the next section. The basic logic is horribly simple. And this logic is given in the following 3 points:
1)         We all choose to take the easiest path.
2)         The easiest path is always to continue doing what we have successfully been doing in the past. Thus when a person has been doing a task for a long time, then they get better at it. And it is always pleasant to continue to do something that one is good at.
3)         It is always much easier to not think too carefully about the distant future. After all, we might be dead before this distant future takes place.
            The example above demonstrates these points reasonably well. So Mr Germany and Mr Greece sensibly continued to take the easiest path by doing the tasks they were good at. And they both avoided thinking about their future. If they did, then they would have to remember the mounting debt.
            In the following two webpages, then I wish to show how these three points will always cause us problems in many different ways. And from all this, you will understand why good Utopian worlds always tend to disappear. And it is damn hard to stop this process from happening.


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Updated on 17/11/2016.