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With limitless resources, how do you determine what is truly worth your time?

When do you think, "okay, this project is worth a chunk of my life," and then stick with it?

And then, once you do finally stick with something, something better will come along eventually. What do you do then? You're not tied to your job like a normal person, so you can't say, "if only I had the freedom, I would do that better thing..."

I had never realized how much meaning the "institution" gives to life.

That applies to anyone with enough savings to sustain a reasonable period of unemployment and enough skills that a variety of organizations would want to have you. In the computer field, that should be most decent programmers that have been out of college for more than 18 months or so.

I don't really understand this idea of being tied to a job. I'm not wealthy, I'm not financially independent. But if something better comes along, I do have the freedom to go do that instead. It doesn't really take all that much - a few years living expenses and a few marketable skills give you all the cushion you need.

And then, of course, you're faced with the "what do I do with my life" question. But I thought all 20-somethings (well, all middle-class 20-somethings in developed nations) faced that.

We rely on the machines as much as they rely on us.

I wouldn't call it limitless.. Having a few million in the bank just allows you to better utilize the 60-70 years you have on the planet.

Your question resembles what Alan Watts said in a talk about Buddism which was somewhat like: "if you could have everything you want, all the money, all the women -- what would you do then" ?

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