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By Joe Perez

Bestselling author Seth Godin describes "the scalability of money" on his blog. He writes:

You're not half as annoyed when you get a $25 parking ticket as you are when the fine is $50.

An investment banker isn't twice as excited about a $20 million bonus as she is about a $10 million one.

There are threshholds that determine how we feel about money-related events (good and bad), but beyond those threshholds, the relationships get all out of whack. Being a million dollars in debt feels about the same as being five million in the hole.

The way you feel about more (or less) of something probably doesn't rise or fall based on how much it cost to produce that feeling.

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Here's my follow-up question: Is there something related like "the scalability of enlightenment"?

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One Response to “The scalability of enlightenment”

  1. Joe Camosy

    Personal development can move in leaps and so is not a linear progression like the utility of money to an organization. Between leaps or milestones there is relative stability and resistance to change, while across a leap or milestone there are great differences. This is analogous to the difference between the stability of an attractor in a non-chaotic system vs. the strange attractor of a chaotic one. Scaling enlightenment then, becomes analogous to the problem of how to transition a particular system from the stable periodic behavior of an attractor into chaos. Here’s a hint: certain (personal and cultural) complexes (the attractors) need to be dissolved.

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