To What End?
To what end? This is a question I have been asking myself more and more recently. It has allowed me to focus on my priorities and make better decisions. It allows my inner utilitarian to shine. By asking ‘to what end?’ I am asking ‘for what purpose?’ or, plainly, ‘why?’
Why do I need that new gadget? Why do I get upset by some things? Why do I say certain things or speak a certain way? To what end? What’s in it for me? How will it affect others? What are the costs? What are the perceived benefits of making one decision over another?
Try asking the question of yourself. Attempt to justify things more readily. Don’t leave it just for big ticket decisions. See if it clarifies the smaller things; the things you take for granted.