Easier Said than Done: It is our nature to desire short term gain

I am reading Daniel Akst’s book “We Have Met the Enemy.” It is subtitled “Self-Control in an Age of Excess” and the book cover shows a candy-sprinkled donut with a lit fuse. He writes about the hundreds of choices we have and perhaps that “It’s not that we have less willpower than we used to, but rather that modern life immerses us daily in a set of temptations far more evolved than we are.”

In effect “modern life simply requires an unnatural degree of self-control.”

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