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Winning means “gaining, resulting in, or relating to victory in a contest or competition”. To gain victory of a competition, one must know the rules. Even the game of “Calvinball” in which you make the rules up as you go along, indeed possesses rules as well (including an absolute rule).

A great example of this is the choice of taking the stairs versus taking the elevator. If your “victory” in the “contest” is to reduce energy expenditure, then taking the elevator is the “win”.

However, very few people (including myself) rarely need less exercise especially due to long periods of sitting et cetera, so taking the elevator isn’t actually a victory if the rules are “be in great health”.

There are often many examples of this where by improving the rules, the decision that results in a victory or win changes. So it’s important to be cognizant of what we want from a metaphysical level, so we don’t get caught in the particulars and end up with bad victories because of our damaged perception of the rules.

Always be aware of if something is truly a “win”, because winning at the wrong things isn’t a win at all.