Konubinix' opinionated web of thoughts

Why Is It So Hard to Do the Right Thing?


Based on what I have listened/read so far, I have decided to believe that:

  1. people try to do the right thing,
  2. but “doing the right thing” is a difficult question,
  3. hence, people unconsciously fallback in a substituted question: “how do I feel about what I am doing”
  4. this feeling is intuitively linked to our present self, even if it is negative for our future self,
  5. then, our brain finds suitable reasons to argument in favor of this feeling (rationalisation),
  6. we end doing the thing, with the alief that it is the right thing to do.

We eventually seek congruence, therefore in each step, thanks to a lot of cognitive bias, as long as we don’t keep this congruent state, we are good.

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