I read that the three biggest addictions facing western culture are heroin, carbohydrates and a weekly paycheque. I would add or maybe supplant one or more of those with our addiction to convenience. ” It would be easier …” “. I don’t have time to …” ” It is boring !” “I don’t want to …” are mantras of the convenience culture. It makes most things disposable, even relationships and commitments. We have surrendered important values like loyalty and commitment in our search for simple and mundane personal gratification.
“If I don’t want to, I don’t need to” is troublesome to Society and ultimately destructive to personal development and possibly survival.
Today’s assignment, if you choose to accept it, is to resist convenience at every step. Don’t drive (find a less convenient form of transportation), don’t eat out (make your own lunch) – carry disposable bags and coffee mugs. Make time to read, for a friend, for a stranger. Stop rushing to simplest and default to meaningful, for your own good and for the good of your tribe.
Watch for the ‘too much convenience’ traps that are laid out for you today. Do 3 things that are inconvenient today and then find three new inconvenient things tomorrow.