"When she was a small girl, Amanda hid a ticking clock in a old rotten tree trunk. It drove the woodpeckers crazy. Ignoring tasty bugs all around them, they just about beat their brains out trying to get at the clock. Years later, Amanda used the woodpecker experiment as a model for understanding capitalism, Communism, Christianity, and all other systems that traffic in future rewards rather than in present realities."
How many of us do actually live our lives like this? There’s never time to stop and smell the flowers - we must always be striving for more: more money, more knowledge, and more power. And the most miserable part of this goal is that we are not guaranteed any of these things - none of us can be sure what is waiting for us down the road. Maybe you say that there is nothing to lose by embracing whatever the dominant cultural norm is, after all, life is much easier when you follow the crowd. But I say at least spend some time each day reveling in what you actually have, and appreciate it! That is, after all, what reality is all about.