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Do you think I heard a tiny butler warning me that running through church naked might cause people to judge me? Humans are born with an innate desire for pleasure and distaste for pain, but we have no idea what causes these things. So as children, we simply do what we want and every time we encounter pleasure or pain we create a neural connection telling us what led to it.
For example, imagine a child named Molly. She believes that she is in fact a real princess.
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The butler has been born. The beauty of neural connections is that we can reshape them. Remember when Molly had this lesson? When adult Molly powers through singing in her car at a stop sign, she adds this new one:.
Now of course we have a conflict here, and her original lesson will at first be vastly more influential. But neural connections are like grooves in our brain. Every time we act on them we dig them a little deeper. Every time we ignore them we drop in a shovelful of dirt. So we can reshape our neural connections, but do we want to? People are still going to judge, right?
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First, consider that studies have shown that we massively overestimate the degree to which people pay attention to us. We think the world revolves around us, but everyone else thinks the world revolves around them. As David Foster Wallace put it:. Second, consider that there are more suns in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth.
Consider that from the time you began this article to the time you finish, a thousand men and women just like you will have died and joined the billion dead members of the human family. We think we know everything about a world that feels increasingly small. This could not be further from the truth. We are an infinitely small piece of something that is infinitely large, unknowable and majestic.
And relative to these realities, what other people think about you simply does not matter. Every embarrassing dance move we own sends shockwaves of permission throughout the dance floor. Every harmful relationship we leave without shame sends a confident nod to others in those shoes.
Our journey from courageous children to meek adults.
So do what you want. At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back into the same box. We may as well play how we want to. If you enjoyed this story, I have one request of you: We can create a pretty hilarious list, and everyone who reads it will get this lesson:. If you want to see more of my stories, Follow me. And of course, feel free to e-mail me. Our app makes it x easier to create an awesome plan for your free time. The stunning title photo in this article is by my good friend and Dreamworks artist Danny Langston.
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