Thursday, June 29, 2006


"The idea that happiness could have a share in beauty would be too much of a good thing." - Walter Benjamin
But how much is too much? Our problem today is that we always want more, and will go to great lengths to get it.

In pursuit of even more, we will do almost anything.

And the more we do, the more we can do.

This leads to Great Expectations, as in: since we teach ourselves to highlight how much more we can do, soon we find that others feel comfortable asking us to do more of it.

It's connected to beauty, art, and taste too. In Australia, when something tastes luscious, and you want to keep eating it, then it's more-ish.

When you are addicted to travel, beautiful people of the multitudes, a good book, an excellent bottle of white wine from the Marlborough region of New Zealand, or anything that mixes real coconut with dark chocolate, and then find yourself unexpectedly having access to all of the above in places you never dreamed of, life itself becomes more-ish.

But when does this joie de vivre become just another phase of greed-mongering?

Whether it's going out and making more money, or turning in and philosophically investigating why we always want more more, there is still the problem that when push comes to shove, less is more.

At least this is what I have found to be true.

What started me on the Road To More?

A poetic life of voluntary simplicity.

Highly suggested.

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