Is life hard? Is life suffering?
How can we make life less complicated and simpler?
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I remember, Elon Musk saying along the lines, that life's got great graphics, but poor plot. Perhaps, we could elaborate on the plot. I definitely got plans for that, beyond one identity. ;)
// Less complicated and simpler
Duh... but fun is in the diversity sometimes, just simplicity isn't enough for a happy life. I'm aware the desire that things just made sense, cognitive relax, but hey, all classical computers can be made from just NAND gates. I've seen a good visual, here, by Stephen Wolfram.
Here's a combinatorial problem that I don't have a solution for.
You need to pick a place to live, a job and things to buy. These all depend on eachother. The shops you go to depend on where you live and how much money you have depends on your job.
I wish I could arbitrarily control websites to do searches and simple sorts for me. I need a job that is near to where I live and a place to live that is near my job. I need to search for jobs in parallel to my place to rent. You need the distance of shops to work and to home to be as small as possible. You also need good transport links.
If I decide I want to spend £650 on rent it limits my options significantly. If I say £1000 my options are wider but I would be spending a large amount of my salary.
This kind of problem needs a hill climbing algorithm that walks rent price, job salary, distance between them and shopping location distance between job and home.
So it's a multidimensional plane with many local minimums.
They say that a job is satisfying if it offers opportunity to mastery, autonomy and purpose. I would agree with that.
I would argue that a job needs zen or getting into the zone. I have only had that when I decided on how to achieve my job.
What makes life hard? Is it working? Preparing food 3 times a day to eat, cleaning plates after every meal? Travelling to work everyday? Waking up to an alarm? Paying bills? Having to eat right to avoid getting fat? God forbid I hate exercise. I hate all these things and they make life hard for no reason.
// Duh... but fun is in the diversity sometimes, just simplicity isn't enough for a happy life. I'm aware the desire that things just made sense, cognitive relax
But why do people say life is hard? Is it hard in terms of force exerted? The average man can exert 2000 calories of effort on the physical world. That's a painful exertion. Those Amazon employees are suffering shifting parcels. How can we make this life easier for those people?
I strongly believe it's about living in communities. Life is much easier and full of meaning and value. It's a cultural thing. Freedom is born when anyone can travel freely and light between communities, and be accepted and valued. Life by yourself, for yourself is hard, tedious and complicated