Many historical points, when things got significantly better for everyone fast: invention of printing press took pressure off monk-scribes, washing machine and automobile brought freedom to every household, invention of micro-chip and the potato chip … well, that changes meaning of ‘when the chips are down’.
Millions of technological and societal developments, countless labour saving elements determined life got easier, got better, as a result.
So, why do anything – especially risky things?
There is no obvious or guaranteed easier to be had.
We are born with curiosity – which is critical to survival, critical to our ability to thrive and stay alive.
From infancy till now, basic needs have not changed. Nor has curiosity.
So much is easier.
So much remains unknown.
Critically important mixture of efforts …
Because we are creators of our own life!
Of course we are.
Before we have any impact at all, we have this combination of forces, needs and curiosity that drive us to do all the sane and inane things we do, cause us to care and tear through life like there was no tomorrow.
But we know, with high degree of certainty, tomorrow will come.
It always will.
It always has.
Will we be there with knapsacks to capture it, carry it everywhere so we don’t miss anything?
We try, we do, we must – but when we are done, are we happy with what we’ve created?
We do have today, and tomorrow – but beyond tomorrow, there is no certainty.
morning walk: -3C/28F, clear and calm, frosty windshields and nervous brown (no sign of white, which seems to be a good sign) rabbits scattered ahead of us, Gusta the metaphor dog, oblivious to what was so plain to see, too busy with her nose to the ground.