We’ve spent a long time, in this society, building and stretching out. Longer highways, bigger suburbs, bigger houses, bigger televisions with longer lists of channels supplying them, bigger meals, bigger waistbands, bigger whatever.
It’s no good.
We should seek out not that which is extensive, but that which is intensive.
- Close human relationships.
- Deep understanding.
- Heartfelt compassion.
- Intensive agriculture.
- Rich experiences.
- Dense cities with compact neighborhoods that don’t sprawl.
This list could go on, because the applications are endless. Variety is a wonderful thing, but we have become thralls to variety. We cannot stand ten seconds of boredom. We flit along to the next channel, we focus on acquiring the next thing, we ask for seconds and thirds when the first helping was plenty.
And we wonder why so many people complain of shallow lives, shallow experiences.
Get extensive-enough variety. But above all, seek out intensive meaning in life.
“As is a tale, so is life:
not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”
(Image by Payton Chung.)