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To lead a fulfilling life is to strike a balance between knowledge of the fact that you may die at any moment, and knowledge that the possible future, needs attending to. The ultimate goal in life being optimized pleasure, people devise various life strategies in light of these conflicting facts. Gambling with their time and resources, some minimize minor immediate pleasure and place their bet on a possible tremendously pleasurable future. Others gamble more conservatively and ‘live for the moment’, devoting varying amounts of time and resources toward immediate pleasure. Society tends to look down on the latter sort of people, not because they’ve made any less of a prudent life-choice, but because the society itself will not survive without its members betting on pleasurable futures. This is the only reason that society discourages conservative life-gambling.

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