The Price We Pay

06 Aug

While reflecting back on the wrong choices made in life, a thought occurred to me.

What is it that we really pay for in life? Is it the stuff we purchase?

Well, not really.

The answer, being so simple, ends up being elusive. It is: Choices.

Believe it or not, we only end up paying for our choices in life. Be it our choice of food, our choice of lifestyle or even something as mundane as our choice of soap. Eventually, what we pay for is the selection (or our choice) of anything.

Think about it: we chose to call that cab. We could’ve taken the bus. But we ended up paying those extra bucks just for the luxury. Or the Limo service we hired. Or because that particular beer that you love is available only at that place, you chose to pay for it.

Your favourite airline charges more for all that leg space you enjoy, so you end up shelling those extra grands (which you could’ve avoided, had you opted for a low-cost airline). You did so because that was your choice.

Whether the choice is good or bad for you, time takes the responsibility of teaching you that. For bad choices, you end up paying for in more ways than one (marriages, jobs, relationships, reactions- we pay for them in different ways).

Still, the point being, from company to cars, we pay for the choices we make and ultimately, it is really just us and no one else, who decides, if it was worth it.


Posted by on August 6, 2011 in Life


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9 responses to “The Price We Pay

  1. David Antony

    August 6, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    And i make a choice to leave a reply here hoping the price i pay is coming back here to read more 😀

    I like the thoughts and how they are stringed together. Never thought about what we actually pay for in life. Good track! Simple thinking and effective writing – evokes deep thought though!

  2. ashwinii rao

    August 6, 2011 at 10:54 PM

    Interesting thoughts there…. but what comes first? the check or the choice? 😉

  3. hitesh

    August 7, 2011 at 5:30 AM

    nice thought inahans……….some gr8 person (ME) said “There is no such thing as destiny, it is just the choices we make”

    btw imagine if one person came with an algorithm to calculate the probabilities and help to make daily situation the world would be perfect……….;)

  4. Narayanan

    August 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Thought provoking!

  5. sanjay singh

    August 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    well, first thing first.. you chose an interesting subject…
    but for choices i have different philosophy.. no choices no regrets..

    {waiting for the 3rd one now….. 🙂 }


  6. inahans

    August 7, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    It is interesting to see the different ways in which the blog is being interpreted!

    David, I can’t assure you but hopefully the only way you’ll pay for reading this one is by paying for your internet connection…that ways, I’m not the only one to blame! 🙂

    Ashwinii, interesting! I’m going to say choice to use the check! After all, we can also pay through cards, debit or credit and then choose which bank’s…. 😉

    Hitesh, I’m guessing that code might just crash! If we even go by the alternate-world and the universe-splits-every-time-we-make-a-choice theories, I shudder to picture the number of alternate worlds floating around…!

    Narayanan, thank you! 🙂

    Sanjay, can I also say that you have to chose to NOT chose? 🙂 Think about it!

  7. moe

    August 9, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Unfortunately, like you said, sometimes our choices don’t only affect us. While we can’t really produce a world where we behave in a deterministic way, I think the whole point of life is to have thse random elements in the way, making for an interesting argument on chaos theory. So don’t think too much about “paying” for choices, good or bad. Just enjoy it all!

  8. inahans

    August 9, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Moe, that is a very nice approach you have suggested here. I think it is coming back to what Sanjay has pointed out, which is the whole philosophical way of looking at it.
    Like you pointed out, we need to be aware of the consequences of the choices we make simply because, more often than not, they affect others around us. If this is a given, then its not always that we can ‘go with the flow’ so to speak. We must be aware of what our choice will lead to. We have to. It is only once we have considered the potential effects that we can sit back, sip a cup of coffee and the lovely weather outside (be it rain or sunshine). 🙂

  9. inahans

    August 9, 2011 at 4:12 PM

    A snippet of my discussion with Moe:

    Moe: “ok, just to play devil’s advocate with myself – if life is not a series of random events, and if everything (according to chaos theory) is deterministic in nature, then there are no good or bad choices…they are JUST choices….with a determined set of outcomes that can only be influenced by other externally determined choices….so why worry or bother or be sad….that way you don’t really thinkg of the “pay”…but think merely of outcomes. Easy when you define it with science and remove complete human emotion from it no? I wish I could make it through life without emotion, and just be completely practical and scientific.”

    If I can answer this, it is true that everything is an outcome and even if everything is determined in nature, this cannot be a principle we can follow in our every day routine life. Think about it, what will happen if people stopped thinking about the consequences and act on their own will? What’s happening in London or what happened in Mumbai last month will become an everyday affair.

    The thing about living in a society with shared resources (and no practical means of escaping the planet yet), entails us to think about the consequences of our decisions. Be it paying extra grands to purchase that hybrid car or to agree to follow the law and order or do financial planning for your unborn child…. we must make choices at every point in time, keeping the consequences in mind. It’s the only option we have if we want to guarantee survival for times to come…”

    But then again, we have Dec 21, 2012 approaching… so yeah, who knows?! 😉


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