If we humans learned from our mistakes, we’d be geniuses by now.
Learning to ride a bike is easy, and your muscles never let you forget it. So why is figuring life out so hard? Jane McGonigal talked about this in a session I saw once about the difference between games and life, and if I remember correctly, it all comes down to feedback.
When we work on a puzzle, we know when we’ve won and when a piece fits. It’s obvious. When we exercise, we know we’re getting stronger because we can lift more weight or go longer without rest. This isn’t as obvious, but you can still tell you’re making progress over time.
Most of us can learn to win at Monopoly but these very same people can’t stop making the same mistakes in life. I can’t help but ask why. It’s crazy. It has to stop.
We have an open-source model for computers (Linux, etc).
We have an open-source model for fitness (Crossfit).
We need an open-source model for happiness. It seems obvious, doesn’t it?
The Tetrapharmakos is the closest thing I came up with so far. Epicurus came up with it in the 3rd century BC.
- DON’T FEAR GOD
- DON’T WORRY ABOUT DEATH
- WHAT IS GOOD IS EASY TO GET, AND
- WHAT IS TERRIBLE IS EASY TO ENDURE.
Seems simple, right? Let’s start there.
Can you improve on what’s above? Do you have anything to add or append? You don’t have to do it in an elegant way, you just have to contribute a little, and then someone else will contribute below you. Ok?
I’m trying to think of a real way for something like this to be real. I can’t believe it’s not possible. It doesn’t make sense.
We have access to more information, and better collaboration tools, than we ever have in the entire history of mankind. Let’s use them.