Thursday, May 20, 2021

Two Short, Partial Lists . . . More or Less

We don't just have wants; we have wants about our wants. 
                    -- The philosophy of Harry G. Frankfurt as channeled by Russ Roberts

Things I would like to like less: 
  • Football
  • Running errands
  • Donuts
  • Saving and salvaging old stuff
  • DIY
  • Collecting
  • Piddling around the garden
Things I would like to like more: 
  • Baseball
  • Exercise
  • Tea
  • Live concerts
  • Playing golf
  • Attending church
  • Math
This is a very partial partial list. I could go on and on. And it changes over time, but these items are fairly constant. 

One might say that I am yearning to be someone else, and that would be partly true. Such a yearning can be a healthy aspiration or a smothering burden. I don't think I'm deluding myself to believe I keep it on the healthy side. 

And this is more about how I wish I ticked rather than how I wish I acted. Any good economist rightfully responds to the statement "I want to have X" (where X is a new job, a Ferrari, more time to travel, etc.) with the terse reply "Obviously, no you don't."

While these are not desires I can completely bring about, I can work on them. Perhaps I should/will, but perhaps I'm partial to leaving aspirations as they are.

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