At the most abstract level, I see life as a resource acquisition game

This means the goal of living things is to

  1. figure out what they value

e.g.,money, power, truth, status, happiness, health, intelligence, etc.

  1. get as much of those things as they need

What do I value most?

How to gain resources: make good decisions

Every day we "decide" to invest our resources in order to gain more resources

<aside> ⌛ you invest your time to go to the gym to workout and gain bodily autonomy


<aside> ⚡ you invest time and energy to build positive relationships so you gain acceptance


<aside> 💰 you work to gain money


A decision is good if you get more from it longterm than you invested

e.g., spending 2 hours of time on instagram for no return, probably a bad decision

e.g., spending 2 hours at the gym to gain strength: helps you gain bodily autonomy, probably a good decision

e.g., spending 10 hours at the gym to gain strength: probably having diminishing returns + might get injured, more ≠ better

Common ways we gathered resources throughout history