When something isn’t black and white, we can be tempted to excuse ethically questionable behaviour. But it’s not always intentional: we have a natural bias towards interpreting acts that are in our own interests as justifiable – and can fail to recognise the tendency, as this article explains.
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When change appears impractical or expensive it can be easy to argue it isn’t worth doing. This can happen even if the change is for the greater good – like using fewer plastic bags to reduce environmental waste. When it’s inconvenient and unavoidable it’s easier to argue against, even when we know better.
Interesting new research suggests paying high rent can be considered an investment in the long run, spending more now to establish yourself near better-paid work and lifestyle opportunities. The rent payments may hurt, but overall you may get something back with dividends in the future.