proof that Paul makes my life better!
top row: Antibes, France; Cathedral Grove, BC; Taj Mahal, India (not directly related to Paul, but part of the Paul era); Boston, USA. bottom row: Nice, France; Varadero, Cuba; Mont Tremblant, QC; Brooklyn Bridge, NYC
In the end and back to my point, we don’t want a big house. Ideally our goals are fairly realistic. But in the search for bigger and better, when is enough, enough? I think it’s important to have goals to strive for, but when does our ambition move beyond the materialistic towards a path that is ultimately more fulfilling? I've seen kids in India, and students from around the world with far less than me, who are ultimately far happier than the average North American. So what gives? Because I'm not buying that poverty brings happiness. I know that money doesn't buy it either, but obviously the key isn't in quantity, or even necessarily always quality of life, but rather lies in our attitudes and expectations of life. We've been raised with the proverbial silver spoon (to varying degrees of course) and yet on average, we're far unhappier than the rest of the world. Again, the only answer that seems to make sense is that we expect too much, too soon, and when we get it, we quickly move on to the next thing. So, back to the question at hand, if we get that bigger house, what will come next? And will we be able to balance our materialistic goals with our "spiritual" more life fulfilling ambitions. The problem really isn't whether we buy a house or not, not really, but what we do with our lives once we've achieved the major milestones we've set for ourselves and how we negotiate the journey that follows. I suppose my fears lie therein. What will we do once we have it all? Will we cling to the need to find more, have more, be more, or will we transcend the need to consume and learn contentment?