On Symbiosis

Lately I’ve been musing over the relationship between what we value and what we do. So far, I’ve come to observe the following:

  • We tend to do what we value.
  • We tend to value what we do.

Put negatively, if we do not engage in certain activities, then likely we will not see the value in them. Likewise, if do not see the value in certain activities, then likely we will not engage in them. There seems to be an interdependent relationship between what we do and what we value. For example, a primary motivation for watching TV every night of the week is because viewers value TV over some other activity such as reading a book. If the cycle of behavior were broken and a book is read rather than turning on the TV, then some value may be seen in reading over watching TV. But breaking the behavior is difficult because “we tend to do what we value and we tend to value what we do.” So spins the hamster wheel and so goes human habituation. The only way to step out of the rut is to do something different. But why bother if we don’t see the value? And how can we see the value if we don’t do something different?

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matt 6:21

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