Quitting the Paint Factory

Here is a great article I have read all week extolling the virtues of being idle, taking time to think, figure out what it is that we are doing and why we are doing it. These are exactly the thoughts that I have been having for the past year but unable to convert them to words properly. Let me quote a sentence which summarizes the essence of the article.

I distrust the perpetually busy; always have. The frenetic ones spinning in tight little circles like poisoned rats. The slower ones, grinding away their fourscore and ten in righteousness and pain. They are the soul-eaters.

Mark Slouka

Everyone is always busy these days. They keep working all day, every day for the entire year and take no time to wind down, take a stroll with a loved one, let the feet get wet while watching the sun rise. People believe the sense of accomplishment is possible only through the lens of other people. They get satisfaction only when their friend compliments them on their success or when someone is jealous of their success. The idea that you don’t always have to do meaningless work with the goal being more money seems alien. I get blank stares when I say “Money is not the answer to happiness, content”. A person considers himself successful by comparing him to his friend, relative or even the one he considers his enemy.

I don’t understand this nature. What do you care what others think? I want to scream to them but I don’t because that will just make them think of me as naive and not versed in the character of the world. This societal pressure to conform to a set of rules, have the burning desire to scale the peak that the society expects is painful. The idea that I don’t need money, validation from those who surround me is unacceptable or even alien to them.

Reading books and taking time to contemplate the hidden meaning in one is frowned upon. Playing games is not an adult behavior, I am told because that behavior does not convert into skill with which I can make money and money is everything and people wonder why don’t I respect their experience and do what I am told to do?

We should take time to pursue those that make us content and do things that gives us happiness. There is nothing wrong with that. If walking in the park for 10 minutes makes us feel good, it’s alright to do it.