It’s a very natural thing in humans to do. Of course Some people defy this nature and instead work really hard, not thinking about a reward or recognition, because they might just love doing it. Like playing in a band that costs you money for equipment, practice time and to put on gigs but it’s your passion so you don’t mind the losses. Or someone who volunteers to help people less fortunate than them. That’s a lot of effort for no monetary reward, of course the reward for these things are happiness, enjoyment and fulfillment. It’s a different attitude and motive driving them. Or someone having a kid, is a hell of a lot of effort and risk but apparently it’s worth the reward.
Cases where it’s the greatest reward for the least effort would be where companies might re-boot an old film in an attempt to make money, when the film was awesome to begin with and didn’t need re-doing. But it’s the least effort cos it’s already been done, it’s just a refresh rather than from scratch. They don’t care about making history or creating meaning.
It’s a very capitalist attitude.
Like when a company makes houses as small as they can, as close together as they can, on their patch of land and do the least they can get away with in terms of regulations, materials, design etc. And you end up having 100 tiny houses instead of 50 really nice big ones, so they’ve double their profits. But something always needs to be sacrificed to get that and in my opinion it’s not worth it.
Maybe neither way is fully correct, but is good to assess and judge things on a individual, situation basis. “Everything in moderation” in my opinion, is a good way to live.
I hope this had some value to you, and your mind is more full of meaningful, thought provoking stuff. What’s your opinion on the subject?
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