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Rushing towards Instant Gratification

I want to expand upon the idea of instant gratification now that I finally finished reading “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey, which in fact is a mandatory reading for those in the 4 cornered states.

Abbey describes in detail, Arches National Park, in SE Utah and the beauty of the silent landscape; about the sand and stone and lizards. About how things move slowly and how the tourist industry has rapidly led to exploitation of the landscape. More people=more pollution=faster deterioration

While biking, especially in the Southwest, I realized that

a. First and foremost, driving or flying would have been a lot faster

b. Time does not rush, it is humans that rush. Rushing through projects, activities, is solely a human concept. Things may move fast, it is not natural. Nothing, NOTHING, in nature, truly rushes, even water moving fast. In the SW USA, the arches, the grand canyon, the buttes, the mesas have taken hundreds of thousands of years to form. The grooves we see today were started by water flowing before humans were in this part of the world.

3. Even on a bike, I moved fast (at times)

We expect that everything moves at our pace, instant email, instant message, instant arrival, but it is not natural.

On another gratifying note, we expect to instantly be comfortable…If we are hot, we turn on the AC; cold, turn on the heat. This is not possible necessarily when you are outdoors, or indoors with no electricity.

Slllllllllllooooooooooooooooow down. Take time to realize how fast you are moving (especially while zipping down the highway!).

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