From obesity to dead children. Why strategy matters in real life

Summary post of the discussion of a few examples of how people waste plenty of resources, time and effort to achieve literally nothing when they fail to think strategically. We’ll see how this is one of the leading reasons behind people having difficulties with achieving something and facing hardship due to situations that could have easily been avoided. We’ll see mostly circumstances that most of us can face in real life, but we’ll also see how sometimes the consequences of natural thinking and behaviour can be much worse.

In my previous post, The (non)sense of hardship, I’ve pointed out how we not only miss opportunities when we fail to think strategically, but also end up facing hardship by enduring high costs and effort, just to obtain poor outcomes. In that post I’ve used my personal experience as a polyglot and language learning enthusiast as an example: I now speak fluently 4 languages, and I can held a basic conversation in 2 more. I now know that to learn a language is not a mission impossible as many seem to think it is, nor it requires year of practice or full-time immersion. If it takes you more than few month to make huge progress (and by progress I don’t mean reading your textbook up to the final chapter: I mean at least being able to follow fairly well a standard conversation), you are simply wasting time. No, it’s not that learning a language is difficult, or that you’re not skilled at it, as I explain indeed in The (non)sense of hardship by sharing my own failure at learning English despite a waste of thousands of hours. The strategy is wrong, period.

However, that post was still a bit theoretical. It pointed out how hardship occur when we fail to think strategically and how it is wise to avoid it if we can (and often that’s the case). So, in this series, I want to discuss some other examples, that go deeper into proving how failure and hardship actually occurs when a proper strategy is missing.

In total there are 4 parts, dealing with different issues from practical everyday life, as long as some more serious, tragic outcomes.

In the first part we’ll talk about  weight loss, and why so many people fail at it. That shouldn’t be surprising as, we’ll see, from a strategical point of view all that most people do when trying to lose weight is a very poor choice. Few will do what is know to be useful, and most will just try over and over all those solutions that have are know for not working.

This concept will be discussed further in predicting future adverse consequences,where it shown how it is nothing mystical nor negative nor arrogant to predict to someone he or she will fail at a certain task their putting effort it. It is actually a very straightforward conclusion, as soon as we think strategically.

With the third part we’ll start to face nasty consequences, when we’ll talk about dog training. This field is actually a very good example for the concepts of the Strategical-Critical Approach, as the solutions are generally so easily and the problems so utterly and clearly predictable. And yet, since we lack any strategical approach, we fail in so obvious ways that the final outcomes are truly a nonsense. This include abandoned, abused, and killed dogs. Plenty of them actually.

Finally, in the last and most import article of the series, we’ll discuss the highest price (in my opinion) we can face when failing to understand the concepts of strategy and critical thinking: dead children. My example will be hypothetical (although inspired by real cases that are discussed in my book Beyond Good and Evil) and show how a well intentioned parent can be responsible for his own child’s death. Although the risk is small, it’s one every one of us faces, and all we need to avoid it is to be humble enough to refuse natural thinking and accept a new perspective. Will be ready to do so? Or will we struggle to be right, even when the price is so high? In other word, will we put a bet on our children’s life?

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