The change in tens’ place has prompted some to reflect on the past decade.
Though it is strange how few care to extrapolate a few decades into the future (to their death), then work backwards to properly make their life decisions (i.e. “backward induction”, a standard tool of decision / game theory).
What ideal outcomes are they optimising for in their decision-making?
Without performing this basic decision-making activity, people typically live out their lives chasing pointless nonsense, until one day it’s game over, and they die ignorant or filled with regret.
“I proudly followed my biological programming, stroked my ego, got laid, reared some children, etc. etc. … ”
People living so utterly mindlessly is the single greatest reason for the existence of evil in the world.
Trillions of sub-optimal decisions being made simply because people do not question what they should be optimising for.
They could have been a real thoughtful human, but instead they’re just somewhat complicated (yet mindless) animals.
We laugh at the technophobe who refuses to update their outdated software, thereby allowing their computer to be part of a botnet that is used for all kinds of bad things.
But what about the people afraid of learning to think independently, thereby allowing their minds to be part of a culture that normalises all kinds of pointless nonsense?
Though, this is not necessarily a condemnation of mindless people. The concept of “worth” does not exist until a person thinks / cares about it. I.e. “worth” is highly subjective, and often does not even exist as a concept to most people.
Some people are happy to live passively without caring about “worth”.
Some simply adopt culturally conditioned concepts of “worth”.
Some (like me, perhaps), for mysterious reasons, take the concept of “worth” more seriously, perhaps by being overly inquisitive and asking “why” too many times.