Contrary to what we may believe, seeking your own maximal personal benefit is best. For example:
- Opting for a simpler more ascetic lifestyle is often the supreme lifestyle. Why? Fewer cares, worries, stresses, anxieties and less bullshit. This means more mind space to create, think and make stuff.
- To opt to NOT buy the “nicest” things is often wise. For example even if you’re a billionaire, it is not wise to walk around the hood with a brand new Rolex on your wrist. Even if you’re in a shady neighborhood, not wise to walk around with the newest iPhone Pro. For example I have a lot of money, but I choose NOT to buy a lot of stuff, because I don’t like the anxiety of worrying about losing it, or getting it stolen. One of the big reasons I returned my iPhone Pro — the anxiety of having someone steal my $1000 phone, or the anxiety of dropping a $1000 phone on accident.