Episode number 39 of season three of Teen Titans Go! (titled “Think About Your Future”) poses an interesting question: is high time preference a way of redistributing from our rich future selves to our poor present selves? Moreover, are we saving too much or too little? At first glance, the Titans actions look absurd. However, one could make the argument that they are perfectly rational. Consider what Raven says to her future self when her future self says, “But I thought you loved old people.” “Not as much I like fried chicken.”
The point is this: people make trade-offs all the time. Some people prefer present satisfaction to future satisfaction, and again, this might be a way of redistributing from our rich future selves to our poorer present selves.
Inspired by the Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal comic in which the lady decides to read comics and eat pie all weekend. Warning: salty language.