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1, Jul 22, 2010

We Like to Cheat Ourselves with Streetlight

Filed under: Human nature — admin @ 12:41 am

On 6/26, I shared with my daughter this famous streetlight story.

Late at night, a police officer finds a drunk man crawling around on his hands and knees under a streetlight. The man tells the police officer that he is looking for his wallet and he has been looking for it for a long time. The office also helps him look for it.

When the officer asks if the drunk man is sure this is the place where he loses his wallet, he says he has dropped it when he was crossing the street over there. “Then why are you looking for it here instead of over there?” puzzled officer asked. “Because the light is better here,” was the drunk man’s answer.

My daughter couldn’t help laughing at the story. Isn’t it true that we sometimes act like this drunk man, in that, knowing that’s not where the answer is, we still go ahead putting efforts into it? We tend to turn to places where light is better instead of where the truth lies. In so doing, we actually cheat ourselves by knowingly chasing something of no relevance, just because it is either easy or fun. Here’s something to think about while we laugh at this drunk man.

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