Things Don't Change

When you have something that you know is true, even over the long term, you can afford to put a lot of energy into it. - Jeff Bezos

Think about your morning routine a few weeks ago. It was likely very similar to your morning routine today. Think about your morning routine a year or two ago. Still possibly some similarities. Back beyond that, you start to notice it was completely different. What changed?

The reality of things is that they do not change, except twice violently. You are born, and you will die. Along the way, you have basic needs which need to be met and preferably some exercise for your mind. Depending on access to opportunity and when you are born, your means for these things differ. Born 1000 years ago? You statistically live in Kaifeng, and probably listened to music for fun. You probably enjoyed cod as a treat, but primarily ate a vegetable heavy diet. You didn’t live as long as you do today, but more of that is down to higher violence and poorer hygiene, including medicines. If you were sent, today, back 1000 years, you would probably suffer a similar fate. This is even considering you go back with, say, the possessions you have today, like an iPhone, which would only have the remaining charge to go on.

If our basic needs and preferences do not change, even after many years, what does change? The ability of people to access opportunity, to distribute goods and services, and the speed at which we change our environments. Investing in these areas, or enabling people in these areas, then becomes the goal of humanity. And if you invest in these areas, you can afford to put a lot of energy into them, because they won’t change.