Motivation is the key factor to be able to get anything done. The more time and effort a task needs the more motivation you need. In order to be motivated to do something you have to believe that it is important to you in some way. The more important it is to you then the more motivated you will be.
Staying alive will always be the biggest motivator. Outside of staying alive and reproducing there’s very few areas of life that will motivate people. People are generally very good at eating, being selfish, slaving over the opposite sex, making at least some money and tasks that use up very little energy. Most people aren’t good at much outside of this cause it’s not usually very important.
Motivation is also much stronger when the action that needs to be taken is in the future. For example, yesterday I was at the gym and was thinking how it would be much better if I did something active after work rather than coming home and staring at a screen. I believed that I was going to take action. When it came time to take action today after work, the motivation was replaced by excuses and alcohol. I told myself it was Monday and it was cold. Eating, drinking and doing nothing uses less calories than running around and lifting weights. My mind said, “why waste calories when you could be putting more in?”
So here I am, saving calories cause it’s in the best interest for my survival. Your mind is always working a formula, calculating whether your ideas are worth the calories. Your instincts treat calories like how an immigrant treats money. It will always ask, “are you sure we absolutely need this? Can you not find some other way? Can’t we just use old dental floss for shoelaces?” No matter how fat you are your body wants you to be a cheap fucking chinaman with your calories. It takes a pound to make 400 pounds. Pounds are very hard to make these days, you can’t just go around giving it away. Back in my day we had very little pounds.
Whenever you ask for someone’s help, you are really asking them for their calories. Calories are the currency for favours. I’ll give you 500 calories today but I expect you to pay me back when I need extra calories. Why should I use my calories to help you? In hunter gatherer days a caveman would not move a heavy boulder for no reason. But if he needed that boulder to plug the hole of a cave cause there was a big hairy spider in there then he would expend the energy to do so.
When I came home today my brain had a discussion with itself. One side argued that exercising wasn’t going to do anything for survival or happiness. The other side said exercise might be better for us but lost because they could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the calories that would be used would justify the crime.
In the animal kingdom the question of calories always comes up. Predatory cats like lions and cheetahs that are starving will not take the chance to use their last calories if the catch does not seem very likely to happen. Many times they are on the brink of starving to death and try to wait for an easy kill.
Starving African people probably sit around all day cause they’re scared to waste calories. That’s why when you see those images of them with flies all over their face they don’t even attempt to swat them away. If it took one calorie to swat away one fly, that would translate into 200 calories for every 200 flies. That’s like a small bowl of rice. They could possibly die from swatting too many flies. They also have this blank expression on their face when you see them on TV. We often see it as them being depressed but I think it might be them trying to save calories by not using their facial muscles.
A lot of businesses in this world are just calorie dealers supplying calorie addicts. You will see them at supermarkets with their booths of free samples. “C’mon, try one. The first one is free. You like it? You can get a box for $4.99. You want 2 boxes? How about 1 for your family?” You get flyers in the mail telling you about the big sales on calories. Buy 300 calories and get another 300 for 50% off.
In the western world, calories are more important than money. So many people are broke but so many people have a healthy reserve of calories. Your body doesn’t really know what money can do for you but it knows calories will get you by another day. Your body is always preparing for some kind of apocalypse type world where food will be hard to come by. In theory the one with the most calories will likely have the best chances of surviving. Fat guys will be like the alpha males in that world. “Oh my god, he’s so fat. What girl wouldn’t want a guy that fat? If I had a guy that fat I would never let him go. You’re so lucky to have a guy that fat with so many calories. He’ll never run out. He can run around for 2 days and it wouldn’t even put a dent his stomach. Janet found the fattest guy of her dreams. He has so many calories he can’t even see his genitals without looking in the mirror. You hear about Rachel? Poor girl, her man has a body fat percentage of 10% and six pack abs. Jennifer is such a calorie digger. She won’t date anyone who can wear pants that don’t need elastics.”