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  • If you've been following this channel for a while, you might get the idea that I love structure. And I do.

  • I love productivity, organization, order, and I try to be as disciplined as possible.

  • When some people hear this, they think that it's boring.

  • They equate "a disciplined life of structure" to feelings of entrapment.

  • Before I get into my thoughts on the topic, I want to tell you a story.

  • So it's a hot sunny day out and there's this bee and her name is Bertha.

  • Bertha is buzzing by her hive with some other bees. Just relaxing and having a good time.

  • Like the other bees, Bertha may have some aspirations of doing great things one day.

  • I can't really say. Bees probably don't have that kind of ability to think those kind of thoughts.

  • Suddenly, a bear starts to approach her hive.

  • The bear is hungry for some honey and bee eggs.

  • In an attempt to save her hive, Bertha stings the bear.

  • But its skin is so thick that once she tries to pull her stinger out, she dismembers herself and dies.

  • The sad part about the story is that Bertha had no choice.

  • Through years of evolutionary wiring she is evolved to sting threats.

  • It's a biological reaction to a dangerous situation.

  • She has no idea that her stinger will get stuck and that she'll die.

  • If she had known she would have died, she might have flown away and saved her own life.

  • Bees are prisoners to their own biology.

  • Unlike bees, humans have the ability to override their biology.

  • Through self-discipline.

  • Let's say that someone has long-term desires to be in a deep and loving relationship, to create a meaningful career that they love and have a healthy body.

  • Along each step of that journey they are tempted by short term pleasures, such as porn, junk food or video games.

  • Deep down they really want the life that comes in the long term.

  • Yet they keep succumbing to short-term pleasures.

  • The only difference between these two positions is self-discipline.

  • We're lucky that as humans, we have the ability to practice self-discipline.

  • It gives us the freedom to achieve what we truly want in life and allows us to break free of the biological or societal cages around us.

  • And I think that is a pretty amazing and powerful thought.

  • But it's not so simple.

  • Companies are aware of our natural, biological reactions and use this against us by using supernormal stimuli.

  • An example of supernormal stimuli is junk food.

  • Our ancestors were wired to seek out and enjoy fat and salty food, because it was so rare at the time.

  • But now companies have genetically engineered food to include more fats and salts than ever before in order to make us desire it even more.

  • Social media and the Internet as a whole is another form of supernormal stimuli.

  • Humans are biologically wired to seek out novelty.

  • For our ancestors, novelty could lead to more knowledge about the world, which could lead to more wisdom, which helped us thrive as a species.

  • It has its usefulness.

  • However, the Internet has been designed to take advantage of this desire for novelty by showing you more novelty than you can ever dream of.

  • Every page links out to more pages, with more novelty.

  • And every video to a new video with even more novelty.

  • Video games do the same thing.

  • Some evolutionary psychologists believe that video games, like first-person shooters and massively multiplayer online role-playing games imitate environments that would be similar to the ones that our ancestors navigated in the past, but supernormal versions of them.

  • Yet we can get greater feelings of accomplishment in video games with a lot less work.

  • The advent of constant achievements showing up on the screen in video games is good evidence that companies are aware that it will motivate players to keep playing.

  • So not only are we sabotaged by our own biologies, but we are being targeted by corporations seeking to take advantage of us and make a profit.

  • On the plus side, you and I are not like the bee, because we are not caged by our own biology.

  • With self-discipline, we can live the life we truly want.

  • We have the choice to be free.

If you've been following this channel for a while, you might get the idea that I love structure. And I do.

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