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November 24, 2010

In time for Thanksgiving I give to you this post by Russ Moore. Writing about “what some philosophers call ‘hedonic adaptation,'” he says:

We tend to adjust to the level of happiness or prosperity we have. We grow to expect it, to not even notice it. And then we want more. That’s why it’s so hard for people to come down in standard of living. It’s easy to move from a studio apartment to a two-story house, but it’s awful to do the reverse. Few people have a problem going from a 1985 Ford Fairmont to a brand new BMW, but it’s incomprehensible to go the other direction.

[HT: TRaus]

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One Comment
  1. That was well written…and just a little more convicting than is comfortable.

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