People love to debate minutiae
Extracts from: I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi.
“Try talking about weight loss with your friends and see if they ever say one of these things:
- “Avoid carbs!”
- “Don’t eat before you go to bed, because fat doesn’t burn efficiently when you’re sleeping.”
- “If you eat mostly protein, you can lose lots of weight quickly.”
- “Eating grapefruit in the morning speeds up your metabolism.”
I always laugh when I hear these things. Maybe they’re correct, or maybe they’re not, but that’s not really the point.
The point is that we love to debate minutiae. When it comes to weight loss, 99.99% of us need to know only two things: eat less and exercise more. Only elite athletes need to do more.
But instead of accepting these simple truths and acting on them, we discuss trans fats, diet pills, and Atkins versus South Beach.”
“Why? Because we love to debate minutiae. When we do, we somehow feel satisfied. We feel like we’re getting somewhere. The problem is that this feeling is totally illusory. Focusing on these details is the easiest way to get nothing done.
Imagine the last time you and your friend talked about finances or fitness. Did you go for a run afterward? Did you send money to your savings account? Of course not.
People love to argue minor points, partially because they feel it absolves them from actually having to do anything.”