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Monday, 28 February 2011


I got inspired to write this post by watching a TV program. It was about life in Hong Kong and one of the interviewed people was a British man who has been living in Hong Kong for the past 15 years. When he was young, he had a dream that one day he would have a coffee shop by the sea. His dream came true. I had a feeling it was about two by two meters in size, nothing big, but the way he was talking about it, I  thought he was a very happy man. He could ride his bike to work, he had time for his dog and long walks on the beach. This man said he didn't need more. 
How did he manage to pull the line? How could he stop himself from wanting more? Why is it that we always want more? I understand that it was a good move on early humans to move from the trees to grass, I understand that it was a good thing to invent a language and tools. To learn and grow is what makes us human. And as our ancestors were hunting for food we are now hunting for knowledge. Knowledge that should improve our judgement. Knowledge that would give us a pleasure through new experiences. But does it? Or is it just wanting more that gives us pleasure? The "more" we are wanting always seems like "more" when we don't actually have it.  Wanting more for the sake of more seems to be part of human nature too. Learning and growing as a part of our nature and wanting more don't seem to be in agreement. We spend so much time in belief that we can have something. We may not have that something but we have belief that we can have it. We put our hopes and ambitions and in our mind we make our dreams alive. But what about things that we already have? Are we grateful for them? Think about the time when what is your life now was just a dream? Did it worth more then now? Is that a future of every fulfilled dream of ours? That once it comes true it loses its value? Maybe we should aim to have less?  Maybe then we could see real value in things we already have. Or maybe then we could think about what truly makes life better. Is it just stuff, empty, soulless and worth nothing actually, or people and experiences, actual knowledge and understanding. And not blame the world we live in, but look at ourselves and change how we react to things around us.

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