Is a thinking model to get insight by turning a question backward, that is, by studying how to create non-X.
”It is in the nature of things that many hard problems are best solved only when they are addressed backward", the great mathematician Jacobi noted. Instead of thinking how can you be happy, ask how you can be miserable and avoid that.
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In a graduation speech Johnny Carson, the legendary host of The Tonight Show, listed his prescriptions for misery:
Charlie Munger, the famous investor, added more paths to Misery to complement Jhonny Carson list:
Aristotle argued that we become what we habitually do. If we spend our days thinking of everything that has gone poorly and how dark our future appears, we can think ourselves into misery.
While we should pay attention to the many injustices to be righted, we can also make the world a better place by being aware of the good things it already affords. We can change ourselves into the kind of people who seek out and celebrate things we can be thankful for.
Against every choice of destruction, there is always the choice of creation.
This is the message of Poet Audre Lorde, as she draws on bees to describe the alternative to destruction. Her poem describes young boys throwing stones at swarming bees. A boy gets stung by a bee, and consequently, school guards destroy the hive. Afterward, a girl observed that the bees were not making trouble. Instead of destroying the hive, the children could've studied honey-making instead.
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