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Preset: busy

It feels like a version of talking about the weather. But there’s a social game going on too…

“I’ve got a lot going on, and I have stuff to show up for, and things are going well for me, and I’m legit, and I’m, and I’m … “

Without me even saying it explicitly, you see the game going on there. As an extension of that interaction, most everyone we talk to is “crazy busy”, “slammed”, “up against it”, or even “fucked.”

It seems like a hell of a preset: busy.

What happens when we’re rushing, over scheduling, showing up late, canceling appointments, rescheduling them, etc etc?? In my experience, it tends to mean that reactivity is the general state of things.

When we reject the cult of busy, we at least have the chance to reclaim our preset, and choose a different story to tell ourselves about time and the way we show up.

When we say we’re busy, we’re really just justifying ourselves in a space. The thing is, busy often infects our ability to ever be in a place fully. We can still achieve without being busy. We could just be…

… effective.

… potent.

… inspired.

… focused.


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More more more

For a capitalist economy to be considered healthy, it always has to be growing.

More more more.

Even a hedonist like me has to acknowledge that the doctrine of “more more more” is not only a bizarre way to measure success, it’s also unsustainable on a personal level.

Capitalist economies need to grow, but we don’t really need more¬†resources or things just because the calendar flipped over.

The reality is that capitalism (not mercantilism) without proper social investment is the most tantalizing of races to the bottom. Nations like Norway are a perfect example of ways to use economies as a springboard for education, infrastructure, and better systems, not just higher GDP.

I’m not ragging on commerce, but I am saying that our system relies on our merciless consumption.

What’s good for America’s economy is not necessarily good for us or our families, and that disconnect is more evident now than ever.

GDP means nothing to our households or communities.

And more doesn’t mean more if we’re being real about what we need. It means too much.

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