Monday, May 17, 2010

When It Hits The Fan

Robin Hanson, in Far Thoughts Fit Ideals, cites:
Values are more likely to be expressed through value-congruent judgments and behaviors when individuals think abstractly about their actions, and not when they think concretely.
And writes:
...we tend more to say we will act in accord with our verbally expressed and proudly embraced abstract ideals, e.g., individualism, collectivism, universalism, environmentalism, when we are put into the mental mode that was designed more for talking relative to doing – the far mode.  In contrast, when we are in our usual near mode, designed more for doing than for talking, we tend to ignore those abstract ideals, focusing more on practically achieving our usual ends. 
Like I mentioned in this post, despite what someone says, you can find out what they really care about by looking at their daily calendar.

Hold me accountable: look at this post about my ideals about the value of time and then look at this one about how I actually spend my day- do they match up? That graphic isn't representative of all my days but I feel that I do try the best I can on a minute-by-minute and hour-by-hour basis to live up to that ideal.

When shit hits the fan, what do you do? Are your concrete actions consistent with your proudly embraced abstract ideals? If you're limited by external constraints, how hard do you work to do what you say you believe in?

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