One thing we humans are good at is efficiency.
We do it naturally without thinking.
We have to.
We need to put in effort to get calories (energy).
Meaning we need to spend energy to get energy.
Long long ago, way before we were humans, those inefficient animals were slowly weeded out of the gene pool.
Imagine, for example, there existed a species of monkeys that liked climbing trees.
And let’s say each time they climbed a tree it cost them 500 calories of energy.
At the top of these trees were a bunch of bananas.
Each banana gave them 300 calories.
Since these monkeys LOVED climbing trees, they only grabbed one banana each time.
So each trip they LOST 200 calories.
They SPENT 500 calories climbing the tree, but they RECEIVED only 300 calories.
That had a negative monkey ROI (return on investment).
These monkeys, needless to say, wouldn’t last very long.
On the other hand, monkeys with a built in efficiency instinct did.
They would spend the same 500 calories to climb the tree, but they would grab as many bananas as they could.
This is the same instinct that we use when clearing the table after dinner.
We don’t even think about it.
We just stack up as many dishes as we can, so we don’t have to make a hundred trips from the dining room to the kitchen.
(If you want to have some fun, have a dinner party and then clear the table by taking only ONE item to the kitchen on each trip. People will think you’re crazy!)
Many, many of our human functions are based on efficiency.
Especially our thinking patterns.
Our big brains take a TON of energy.
So anywhere we can find shortcuts, we’ll take them.
Sometimes, though, this works against us.
And it does in VERY insidious ways.
We humans think a bit differently about spending energy and getting energy.
We think in terms of money.
The money we make, and the money we spend.
And unfortunately, our thoughts on money are about as helpful as those goofy “one-banana” monkeys.
Because our money beliefs kill two birds with one stone.
Our leaders (political, religious, etc.) tell us money is “bad.”
But they don’t really believe it, since they have tons of money.
It’s just a clever idea so they can STAY “elite.”
Those that don’t have money tell us it’s “bad” as well.
Because if WE get money, and they don’t, they’ll feel bad.
WE believe money is “bad” because we don’t like thinking about.
So we’ve got TONS of people (including us) that think money is “bad.”
But before we humans invented money, life sucked.
No doctors, no air conditioning, no air travel, and no “anything else.”
But AFTER money was invented, BOOM!
All the cool stuff came.
And it’s still coming.
Money isn’t bad, money is FANTASTIC.