Yes, we can model life mathematically. The predictability of this model can be compared to modeling a tossing coin. By knowing the initial forces applied to a coin theoretically we should be able to predict exactly how many times it will flip on the air and which side it will be showing when it lands back on the ground, but measuring is here the practical bottleneck which limits us with predicting a deterministic phenomenon.
Same applies to modeling the entire of our life. You can see it as an optimization problem which you want to optimize based on different variables in our lifetime. Some can think that happiness is the measure that this complex model should be optimized on. But when it comes to defining these concepts we cant describe it in a precise objective manner. That’s why people might say Satisfaction is more important, on the other hand this might also sometimes be in contradiction to happiness. Sometimes we really know what we want to achieve but it is hard to find the sweet-spot among the high complexity that life offers us.
The complexity arises with the uncertainty in our assumptions. These assumptions can be religion, science, love or any other belief we take into the equation of our lives. A person make his/her expectations from life based on these assumptions that it tells him if you act
A you would get result
B. Eventually the person will see the outcome of this model that he made based on his assumption. If this outcome is not equivalent or far from the expected value this will make a collapse in the assumptions the person made, which might trigger a big change in the personality.
Higher level concepts like
satisfaction also can be divided into smaller blocks. A person can be satisfied with spending his time with his family and loved ones, he might at the same time enjoy working, same person might also want to contribute to science or help other people, etc. This list can go on forever, so the catch here is that we either prioritize these targets in our life with different weights unconsciously or we deliberately define them dynamically through our life. Keeping all the target values in higher level is the challenge for most people.
There are also some people that don’t want to mess with this complexity and just neglect some these targets and just try to optimized on specific ones.
A person with uncertainties in his fundamental assumptions, which tries to optimize for various parameters in his life indeed will have a hard time choosing the correct action. In addition to this we can’t be rational all the time, and we usually also act based on momentary desires that fulfills short-lived satisfaction variables which might be in contradiction with the long term goals. This can be spotted often in our daily life, where we can give up on some act in order to have a peace of mind momentarily.
In this chaotic universe which is not completely know to us how it is governed, it is highly necessary to choose assumptions. Choosing these assumptions is tricky, since it leads to a huge effect in our morality and characteristics. After choosing these assumptions the challenge will come with the
optimization of your target variables. If you would like to be able to optimize your variables, you need to first know yourself. To be wise in understanding what is the most valuable things in your life, and then be decisive on acting.
So in short:
- Choose your assumptions (Religion, Morality, Beliefs, …)
- Choose your target values (Satisfaction, Lust, Love, Pleasure, Helping others, Contribution to Science, …)
- Act Decisively
This is the mathematical prescription for life.