“I just received the following note from one of our Inner Circle members. Below the note is my response.”
“Life is hard, you will suffer, and in order to handle that suffering, you will have to be prepared. Preparing means taking responsibility for yourself. That’s hard, too, so you may try to avoid it. You may use all manner of evasions and rationalizations to convince yourself that things will sort themselves out on their own, or that others will bail you out, or that if they don’t, it’s their fault and not yours. But that’s a lie. So stop lying. Accept responsibility for your fate.”
From Jordan Peterson…a good synthesis of a sacrifice now for later algorithm. I’d assert that the primary efficacy of it is not what it delivers in the unknown future (which it likely does a fair bit better at, on average, than the other three first tier value basins in this regard over time). Its efficacy is really that it delivers a ready made structure of meaning and form now, today, and then tomorrow. Like bowing down to mecca five times a day EVERY day.
You live out this algorithm and your life begins to immediately reshape itself today and tomorrow. Heidi’s story of the Chinese family sacrificing now and now and now to get later. Real sacrifices now, and if you do a lot of them, because you have no clue what your hit ratio will be, really can add up fast.
Of all the value basins, I am probably weakest in this one. I know the necessity of this value construct and have been doing crazy work arounds (and “bamboo” scaffolding) my entire life to obliquely handle this life “truth.”