I think both patience and persistance are learned behaviors associated with the concept of deferred gratification. When one learns the benefits of being persistent and patient, one often reaps rewards. Of course, what one considers an appropriate reward is a function of one's standards.
I agree patience and persistence (p&p) can be
learned behaviors, so while the above is reasonably stated, it is rather narrowly argued. The traits of p&p while often coupled with the deferred gratification (particularly when trying to teach p&p) there is no such guarantee that p&p will ‘pay off’ in some way. Moving beyond the world of skill-based activities, an example of this decoupling that immediately come to mind is parenting. P&p when raising children has no such guarantee of a ‘pay off’ (I won’t explain how I know this
). There may be a hope that p&p is the front side of a deferred gratification equation but it is certainly not a given.
Being (as best I can) an absurdist
provides me with a world view that ‘allows’ me to practice (practice? Oh no maybe it is a skill
) a lot of p&p without any notion that there will eventually be a ‘pay off’. In fact it is just the opposite, realizing the absurdity of life frees one from any such expectation.