The Goldilocks illusion

“Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?”

That’s one of George Carlin’ immortal quotes.

In the same vein,

A classmate who works harder than you is a nerd, while one who works lesser or has lower grades is a good-for-nothing.

Employees who works fewer hours than you do are slackers, and the ones who work longer hours are one-dimensional workaholics.

Anybody who is less environmentally active than you are is a wasteful guzzler, while anybody who is more ecologically sensitive, like those vegans, are hipsters buying into the hype.

Anybody who exercises less than you is an unfit sloth, and everybody who works out more than you is narcissistic freak.

We are all programmed with a powerful illusion for setting ourselves as the benchmark for the optimal. That is probably why we believed that the earth was the center of solar system for several centuries. In our heads, we assume that we know how much is “just right” – the Goldilocks illusion.

To hold on to it is the same as still believing that the sun and the other planets revolve around the earth.

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