@brookielyons' list of Tim Ferriss' rules for greater output was invaluable, particularly the bullet-point about regret as past tense decision-making. I wanted to explore why we spend so much time on past tense decision-making in the first place. Open to thoughts!
  1. No matter how painful it was, at least it is known, and thereby less frightening than what lies ahead.
  2. If we don't make meaning of what happened, we face nothingness.
  3. We believe we can learn from it.
  4. If we don't contextualize and recontextualize in order to resolve something that may potentially be irresolvable, we face guilt/regret/shame/confusion.
  5. We want reinforcement to continue thinking of ourselves in certain fear- and shame-based ways, even though doing so generally sucks balls.
  6. That edifice of a personal cosmology you've constructed of your memories provides reinforcement for your current worldview, beyond your thoughts about yourself.
  7. It provides the escape of a good story, like any form of emotional porn.
  8. It offers the promise that there will be something better to come.