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Eating Like A Predator, Not Like Prey—Now With Cartoon Dinosaurs! (Another Epipheo)
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December 6, 2012
11:02 am
Paul N

JS wrote "It turns out that convenience is evolutionarily discordant. We think we want everything to be easy…but what we find out is that true, lasting satisfaction only comes from accomplishing something difficult."

I think this is an oft overlooked, and *very* important point. Any mountain/rock climber will tell you the satisfaction of reaching the top is directly proportional to the difficulty in doing so.

As JFK said "we choose to do these things not because they are easy, but because they are hard"

When we succeed at doing hard things, we feel better (brain reward hormones), but we also, often, have either learned a new skill and/or conquered a fear in doing so.

In short, it makes us better, more confident and accomplished people.
Someone who only ever does the easy things does not self improve.
is that the sort of person you would want for a partner, be it hiking, business or life?

The other side that is often overlooked, though I see it everywhere, is that convenience is *expensive*. Look at the premium you pay to have someone else cook your meals (restaurant), the money that is spent on "labour saving devices", the cost of all the add-on luxuries to your car, etc etc.
A great example is the cost of "convenient and smart storage solutions" (e.g. Ikea) that simply enable us to own more clutter, instead of dealing with the hardship of sorting through it and getting rid of the unneccessary stuff.

When you step back and take a good look, convenience often not only makes us weaker, it makes us poorer too.

December 7, 2012
6:29 pm

I used to be that ogre, too. I'd have to graze constantly to keep from getting hungry and cranky. It's such an emotional relief to NOT have food running my life anymore. Eating fewer but heartier meals also means that I'm not eating anywhere near as much junk food.

I don't think people realize how much they are chained by their dietary choices until they get off the grazing path.

December 17, 2012
3:04 am
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Paul N:

It's important to ask of all these time- and labor-saving devices: "What am I saving my time and energy for?"


When spending extended periods of time with other people, I'm always reminded of how much our lives are controlled, and our choices constrained, by the desire to eat every few hours.  This is particularly apparent when traveling.


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