Not yet for tomorrow

No other species on the planet plans for the future like humans do. And yet…

The marshmallow experiment has taught us that we struggle to act in our own self-interest in the long run.

We sacrifice our health tomorrow so we can eat what we want now.

We spend money on a new car and forgo investing in our 401K.

We continue to release copious amounts of carbon that is destroying the only planet we got.

If we stopped to imagine ourselves in the future, we might be more inclined to better behave. It’s still difficult because we don’t know when our time is up. But when we say yes to everything we want at the moment, we are left bankrupt.

What a predicament.

One of the things that make humans special is that we can act against our instinct.