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Rules for Life
I've been thinking about morals and what the best rules to live life by are.
Play infinite games
Have an abundance mentality
Ends do not justify means
Play positive sum games
Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
These are rules that work are generally accepted to be conducive to a good life. It's always better to condense to as few rules as possible, life is easier with simpler frameworks. The fourth one follows from the first two, so it makes sense to condense and start from the third rule.
What are the implications of these rules? What daily institutions prevent us from following these rules, teach us the opposite, or don't follow these rules themselves?
Schools and politics are structures where these rules aren't incentivized. They're also the most visible and influential in our lives. Charlie Munger says, "Show me the incentives and I will show you the outcome." These rules would be incentivized in a collaborative society.
Authoritarian structures generalize to not following these rules.