Mimicking silicon valley culture, off late Bangalore also is quite laid back in December last week with most of the IT work force opting to finish off their annual leaves and remaining folks deciding to go slow on the absence of the majority. Reaching post 10 O clock in the morning to office usually makes one to struggle to get a parking space, but in December last week it was the other case. I got my usual place even after 10 O clock in the morning and there was this person who was going round and round with empty parking spaces all around the floor, unable to decide where to park! Walking out of the parking space, I kept wondering, what is the big deal in choosing a parking lot; after all he is going to take it in the evening. Then came the real surprise later in the day with our senior manager forwarding this link Paradox of choices which talks about the negativity around having too many choices.
Mostly applicable Western capitalists societies where maximizing individual freedom is considered as a key tool for maximizing social welfare and where majority of the people do not struggle to meet day today needs, but also applicable to each and every individual who has to make a choice in everyday life. I liked it and hence posting here. Interestingly there is this moment of prophecy (like Buddha had told a few thousand years back) also in the talk saying “secret to happiness is low expectations”