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26 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 28 March 2007 05:49PM

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Comment author: HalFinney 28 March 2007 09:17:14PM 2 points [-]

This idea of always setting a higher target is not necessarily conducive to happiness and satisfaction. Consider applying it to the field of wealth. We have all heard of wealthy people who, no matter how much money they get, always want more. Such people are not generally considered good role models. Granted, this is something of a stereotype, but I imagine it is based in truth. Perhaps there are other fields where constantly setting higher goals works out better, but it's not obvious that it's a beneficial philosophy in general.