12 03 2010

I just began reading “
Super Freakonomics” the follow-up to “Freakonomics“.

At the most basic level both books are about one concept:

People respond to incentives.

This is the story of mankind.

People make decisions based on what they are going to get out of it. The incentives vary from situation to situation but they are always there.

Even acts of “selfless” service are self-serving.

Why do you serve?

You may not expect to get anything in return.
You may not even be doing it because you expect blessings.

You may be at the pinnacle of righteousness and everything you do is done simply because you love the Lord.

But — if that is the case then you serve because you get the satisfaction of knowing you have shown your love for the Lord through your obedience and service.

Now that we’ve established that all decisions are incentive based the key is to find the incentives that get people to do things.

“… consider the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual…” (Mosiah 2:41)

Incentive: Blessings — both temporal and spiritual.

So why are we disobedient?

Simply, we find the incentive to disobey more enticing than the incentive to be obedient.


No, but seriously… Why?



One response

29 04 2010

The incentives to disobey are almost immediate but those for obeying are delayed. We don’t get that eternal life as soon as we read our scriptures or say our prayers. But if we don’t read and instead watch a lousy movie we were entertained.

If we held our tongue and didn’t swear there is no magical “good job! you win!” But if we swear our point is made more effectively.

So God pours out his blessings and we turn him down more often than not because we don’t want to wait. We. Are. Lazy.

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