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Why do people take things for granted?

shadenightshadenight Posts: 7Registered User New Member
edited August 2010 in High School Life
Why do we take things for granted in life?
Why is it that we realize something is special when we lose it?
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Replies to: Why do people take things for granted?

  • HarveyLewisHarveyLewis Posts: 2,200Registered User Junior Member
    It's the way things go. It's always been this way and always will be.
  • lenninlennin Posts: 630Registered User Junior Member
    it sucks

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  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Posts: 1,582Registered User Senior Member
    "When a man is at home, he longs for adventure. When a man is at adventure, he longs for home."
  • reginaphalangereginaphalange Posts: 838Registered User Member
    Human nature? I guess when we have something we only think about what's wrong with it or how we wish we had something better, but once we lose it we focus on the positive aspects that we no longer have.
  • HONORLIONSHONORLIONS Posts: 1,582Registered User Senior Member
    Mauslo's theory of hierarchy (looking only at the first 2 words of your post)^^^^

    Humans are prone to 'think up one' once they've fulfilled a particular layer of needs (i.e. firstly would be food, shelter, necessities). They only try to keep going up for the better stuff, never really looking down.
  • HeWhoPwnzHeWhoPwnz Posts: 875Registered User Member
    ^ This. It's the idea of not knowing and fully appreciating what you have until its gone. When we have x, we assume that it will be in our possession for a long time, whether it be a proper shelter or even a good education. We never speculate the fact that it might be taken away from us at any moment because we don't usually have the need to. But then once we lose it, we realize just how much it meant to us and realize that, yeah, we were taking things for granted.

    It's one of the reasons why post-apocalyptic movies/books, like The Road, are so well received, because it shows us upfront the consequences of what its like to literally have everything you had taken away from you, and what people would do to get even a shoddy version of what it was that they had, like a torn jacket or canned food. It tells people in a straightforward manner to not take things for granted.

    But, it's all human nature. Each person has his or her own reaction to it.
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