One of the things we humans crave are secret short cuts.
Plenty of diets are based on “one weird trick.”
I have very old email address that gets tons of spam every day.
And all of them are more or less based on solving age old problems with one new secret idea.
But if you can imagine way back in the day, before humans populated Earth, they also had that desire.
Otherwise they wouldn’t have ended up populating the entire Earth.
Which might suggest that our common desire for that one weird trick is really a MOTIVATIONAL desire.
Something we are meant to always be pursuing.
In a world that is very dangerous, and we have to work HARD to get our needs met, and work HARD to avoid danger, that would be a useful desire.
To always believe that somewhere over the next set of hills is the secret to a happy life.
This provides the pull, and all our daily needs that require daily effort require the push.
Even hero’s journey movies have this desire.
That there HAS to be something OUT THERE better than THIS.
Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz, sang about Somewhere Over The Rainbow.
That mythical place that is NOT HERE.
Unfortunately, we humans seemed to have kind of boxed ourselves in.
We have SO MUCH STUFF that is easy to get.
And there is VERY LITTLE real danger.
We still have that same desire.
But without the necessary NEGATIVE incentives to keep us going, we only WISH.
That desire doesn’t motivate us like it used to.
So much today is easy, and instant, and effortless.
We think that desire should be easy and effortless as well.
Hence all the “one weird trick” solutions to ALL our problems.
However, if you are brutally honest with yourself, you must admit that there isn’t any secret trick.
Because people keep getting LARGER.
Obesity continues to INCREASE.
If you see health as a proxy for our desires (sex, relationships, careers, finance, etc.) we seem to be going in the OPPOSITE direction.
The more we WISH for an easy solution, the further away we get.
Consider switching how you think about things.
See that desire as not a magnet, that allegedly pulls things to you.
But rather a motivation engine that inspires YOU to move toward THEM.
You are, after all, a nomad.
Nomads are the ones that left Africa thousands of years ago and spread out across the globe.
There is still treasure.
Your job is to find it.