1. Work Get the job. Earn the money. Pay the bills. Save something. Those who do it well are destined to increase their wealth. For love, or money; or both. Those who are determined, venturesome, and ambitious will have buildings named after them. 2. Food Gather the food. Prepare the food. Serve the food. Those who do it best are awarded five stars. Others enjoy the satisfaction of conferring their tastes on generations of sons and daughters, spouses, and friends. 3. Sex Select a partner. Seduce the partner. Those who are most successful propagate themselves across future generations. 4. Play Throw the ball. Catch the ball. Kick the ball. Hit the ball. Those who are the best play for the World Cup, in the Super Bowl, in the World Series, etc. If one is truly remarkable at throwing, catching, kicking, or hitting, perhaps one will be enshrined in a hall of fame. 5. Chasing the Sublime Study the art. Create the art. Those who are dedicated and talented are heard in the concert hall, sell their paintings, make the best-seller list, perform on stage, etc. Those that persist, that are thoughtful, creative, and inspired will propagate their ideas throughout the world.
A Collection of Writings on Nature, Science, and Art by John Holland