50 Reasons Why

Good morning! Have you ever tried writing down a ton of reasons for why you should or should not do something?

To help a friend with an essay, I decided to make a list of bullet points for a topic, taking the side against it, arguing why one should not do something that most people see as not only socially acceptable but as the status quo.

What I really found interesting was that in the end, when I had compiled a list of 10 reasons against it — and ten really solid reasons at that — I realized that I had a few strong points, but I didn’t have as many reasons as I wish I had; I could not write a list of 50 reasons either for or against the topic, and while I may go back to it to add some more points, just to see how many I can compile, I know it probably won’t even cross the halfway mark (25).

When it comes to most of the things we do, we don’t really have fifty points for why it’s better than all the other things we could be doing; we may think about opportunity costs, but we don’t really sit down and realize that inasmuch as we may only have ten reasons for doing something, or perhaps only even just three strong ones, others are the same.

In the same way that we can barely scrape together 12 reasons why we spend the majority of our lives doing what we are doing, so others likewise don’t generally have too many reasons for why they do what they do. Everybody’s motivated by a handful of strong desires and internal drivers that keep them going towards a certain direction, and we are not inherently logical creatures.

The only ones that can really come up with endless reasons for why something is the best option against all alternatives are infomercials; but, really, you should stay far away from those.

As a challenge, try it today; find what it is that you devote the majority of your time, money, and energy to, and try to write down as many reasons for why you should keep doing it as you possibly can (it’ll be a neat experiment, I promise).

God bless you, have a great day!