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The bad news beforehand: to see the interconnections can also make unhappy!

Deriving from KNOW-WHY Thinking, survival and evolution function in that something develops adapted to the conditions. If adaptation/integration or further development are missing permanently, something is endangered in its existence.

Many living beings have feelings or hormones to strive for integration and further development and accordingly experience negative feelings if one of both is missing.

Interestingly, we can experience the same good or bad feelings through very different "things" in life. Doing something can feel just as good as having or being something. So it can feel equally good to rehearse a bicycle kick at soccer as it does to buy a new pair of inexpensive jeans or to feel passive in an exciting movie with our favorite protagonists. Whether it feels good depends largely on our social environment in a self-dynamic way, which makes the global functioning of the consumer world wonderfully systemic.

Against this background, global consumerism,
the remarkable gamification movement,
the emergence of artificial intelligence
in everyday life, etc. seem uncritical at first.
The only problem is the harm to the
environment and the need for
resources coupled with the (global)
inequality and the resulting
security risks, as well as the negative
effects on health if we become
more and more passive.
In addition, passive experience does not cause
happiness for long, while skills and
achievements and social relationships can
can make us happy for much longer.
The only problem is that these are
are more strenuous, and they are
virtually devil's/vicious
or angel's/virtuous circles that lead to more
and more passivity (eating, watching TV,
playing computer games, shopping) or active
doing and improved skills and sociability.

Against active doing we also have psychological protective mechanisms that confirm us in our integration: what we have chosen is better than the alternative (cognitive dissonance), we can't do the other anyway (learned helplessness) or it is naturally too stupid for us (psychological reactance).

Actually, we humans are ahead of other living beings in that we can become aware of ours, see ourselves in the future and plan for it. "Actually", because we hardly do that for many reasons and rather unconsciously function wonderfully and experience joys and sorrows.

With KNOW-WHY Thinking and a Holistic Integration and Development Plan (HIDP), we can now consider for ourselves and others what can give us feelings of further development and integration and what prevents them, and consequently what small, concrete steps we can take. And we can try this adapted to our environment, our financial means, our skills and our health. Whether it then really feels good, we can only try out.