Let’s tally the results!
Is the loss of the cohesive family unit, tight-nit community, the development of the internal self, and the inability to endure discomfort worth the things we’ve gained; comfort, wealth at the cost of our time, easier travel opportunities, and entertainment on demand? Is the sacrifice of our understanding of ourselves worth our understanding of the world?
I’m not going to answer those questions for you.
Each person will have their own answer, based on their own values. But in our world of machine like efficiency and micro-managed days that keeps us endlessly moving without a chance to stop and think; take a step back. Just breath. Stop and ask yourself:
what is important to me, why is it important, and does my lifestyle facilitate that? Or, is it aimed at keeping me on the treadmill, never satisfied with what I have, always longing for something new?
Thanks for reading! If you got this far, I’d love to hear your opinion of whether our modern world is happier and if you agree or disagree with what I’ve said. Next week I’ll be sharing some techniques from the philosophical school of Stoicism that helped me achieve a (almost!) stress free life.