Monday, 6 September 2010

In defence of frugality (Part 3 of 7)

The cult of uncompromising and immediate pleasure rests on three mistaken beliefs. If you choose to think only short-term, these three convictions possess irresistible appeal.

However, if you expand your range of vision, you will easily discover the dark side of an easy life. Watch out, since the following three ideas may wipe out your career, health, and material resources:
  • The delusion of stability: the belief that the future will be similar to the present and that little change is to be expected.
  • The delusion of invulnerability: the conviction that a man can cover all his risks through insurance and social security.
  • The delusion of moral neutrality: the idea that all lifestyle choices are fundamentally equal, that there are no superior or inferior ethical values, and that anything you may decide is perfectly fine.
To be continued in Part 4


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