Progress through Comparisons

The ability to work through your own mental comparisons about the world is useful. It helps you with growth and understanding. Comparisons are inevitable. A good comparison can aid action, the very movement of muscles. Do you touch the hot stove top or put a wet hand on a frozen pole? Comparison helps you know what is helpful vs harmful. Niklas Goeke takes on comparisons with others in his article, Self-Improvement Has Made Me Worse. He does a great job in showing that how you interpret your comparisons can impact emotional well-being. He explores this by looking at the movie, Superman vs Batman. Some of his conclusions are sad but true and can be food for thought in calibrating our sense of the world in light of the quest to improve.

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