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The Deathbed Fallacy

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The Deathbed Fallacy
This topic has bothered me for years. So now, in a moment of inspiration instigated by Wait But Why¹ and drinking a glass or two of bourbon, I want to hash it out. It is something I call the Deathbed Fallacy.

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The Deathbed Fallacy

People on their deathbeds regret not spending more time with their family, traveling more, worrying less, etc.

We change over time as we grow and mature. The fallacy is t...

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Not a representative state

The 'deathbed' is not a representative state of life. What you desire when you are there might not have much in common with the most meaningful or satisfactory life you could have led.

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Your past selves

You don’t know your past selves. The older you get, the more you think you understand yourself as a younger person. You have probably forgotten how you were influenced then and might still have the...

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We're not the same person

Maybe you think the key to happiness is universal - that it is a constant in the changing world. However, the challenges facing this generation is not the same as that of the previous generation.&n...

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Perspectives on life

Those who "figure out" what life is really about, seem to focus a lot on the higher-order needs. They might have been workaholics and will cast judgment on their former selves.

People who alr...

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The alternative

Don't worry about the Deathbed fallacy.  Don't worry about what some old version of yourself will think of you. Consider what you should do to become more fulfilled both today and in the futur...

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