“Until we have begun to go without them, we fail to realize how unnecessary many things are. We’ve been using them not because we needed them but because we had them.” -Seneca
We live in a world based on consumerism. This means that our entire model of society is based on the economics behind someone selling “something” to everyone at any given moment. There are so many objects of convenience and distraction in existence today that did not exist 10 years ago that we truly are being overwhelmed.
How do we come to terms with acknowledging what’s possible while abstaining from spending our time in non-productive ways?
The danger of convenience is that it too easily distracts us from the labor necessary to grow, expand and create more complex solutions to life’s difficulties. In a nutshell, instead of taking the time to explore and develop solutions to problems, like ending homelessness in our communities, we find ourselves spending our time playing Candy Crush, watching the latest season of Game of Thrones, or scrolling our Facebook feeds.
Just because we have the option to spend our days in idle leisure doesn’t mean we should. We have to start critically asking ourselves how are we benefiting ourselves with the million distractions that are now available to us. How else could we be spending our time? What are we accomplishing by spending our time in such unproductive ways?