In this talk, Renata Saleci makes an important point about our unhealthy obsession with making choices – or rather how we became so consumed by the idea of making rational choices for ourselves that we lost sight of social responsibility – that is making choices for the benefit of the collective present and future.
For me the subject of choice is important because it is closely linked to the idea of simplifying one’s life – a key topic I am currently diving deeper in. Basically making a choice supposedly means reducing noise and uncertainty from possible future scenarios. At the same time, we are under social pressure to make rational choices for ourselves all the time and this in itself is bringing more anxiety and pressure to make the right choices.
“Did I make the right career move?”
“Did I invest my money wisely?”
“Did I choose the right school for my children?”
We are becoming consumed by this and it has become a major source for stress and unhappiness. So instead of reducing complexity in our lives, our obsession with choices is actually increasing it. Living a simpler life requires that we don’t get lost in making choices but rather practice the art of making elegant choices – that is choices that come from a clear and open heart and mind and in line with our general life purpose rather than being sucked up into futile and resource intensive detail or worry!