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Basic tenets of life

1. Every action has a consequence. We can drink and take drugs and enjoy the night away, fornicating without inhibitions with strangers even, but the next day won’t be pretty. You’ll wonder what you were thinking the night before when you went overboard; why you didn’t keep these consequences you’re suffering in mind then.

2. Everything is relative.
a. We have the convenience of cars and high-speed transportation, but the distances we have to traverse are also larger.
b. We consummate more tasks per day than our predecessors because of technological advancements and the “death of distance as a barrier” as the author of What Color Is Your Parachute? puts it, but we keep finding new things to fill our time with, so we face an ever-growing dearth of time.
c. A man can sleep with twenty different women on twenty consecutive nights, and still he’ll become bored. The differentness of each night will blend into one sameness, and he’ll yearn for the sameness that a monogamous life offers because that will be different.

3. Life requires balance.
a. You can save money on water by not showering everyday, but don’t do it so much that you get dandruff or scurvy or other skin diseases and then have to spend even more money getting treated for it.
b. Eat out in restaurants with your friends and have a good time, but not so much that you clog your arteries with fried food and then curse yourself later in life for overdoing it. The same goes for alcohol, as mentioned above.
c. Work your ass off in your early years and save up lots of money, but not so much that you don’t have your health and people in your life to enjoy that money with afterwards.

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