Opportunity Cost! Opportunity Cost! Humans do a masterful job of not thinking about the opportunity cost of continuing practices which, if changed, might result in a net overall gain.
For example what if instead of paying $100 a month for cable TV, I could spend just $25 of that on a cattle prod so my wife could get me off my fat a**?
Maybe another $25 would cover the cost of having a dietitian come in once a month to throw out the crappy food in the fridge and pantry, and yell at me for eating like vermin.
If that doesn't sound fun to you, you have a pretty good idea why cable providers can charge big money for a sewer line that's sloped toward your house.
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