Quality or Quantity?

This will be a short post. It is a thought for discussion.

There are times when I feel and sense in others a growing dissatisfaction with the way things are.

The people I can feel it coming from the most are usually those closest to me. My kids for example. My son has been an honors student since elementary school and is now enrolled in the honors program in his high school. But I sense in him a deep unrest with the routine.

The volume of homework he brings home is astounding. My university workload was less, though not considerably. His complaint being primarily that volume does not equate quality and the heaping on of what is essentially busy work, in his mind, is off the mark. I sense this is the crux of the problem with our society in general.

Most of our problems can be chalked up to volume over quality; our relationships (see social media), sex, work, social programs and income. All of it.

We see the results of this line of thinking daily. In our economic models, in the rate of human migration required to sustain them and in our day to day living. We over schedule ourselves and our children, living on the assumption that if we don’t “do more” then we will have failed them and they will not become fulfilled, middle-class adults.

But I ask, with all the things we have, with all the things we do, are we fulfilled? A bigger house, more retirement benefits, more free health care, more toys, more friends, more sex (or what passes for it these days), more money (or what we think is money), has any of it made us happier?

If the answer is ‘no’, then what are we training our children to become?

If we are teaching them quantity over quality, what are they learning? Consumption over production? Waste over conservation? Desire and petulance over patience and wisdom?

I can see where this is headed. You can see it. Today, I feel powerless to stop it. At times I am like a hamster trapped on a wheel. Spin the wheel or it will spin you.

I don’t want more. I want less. I want better.

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12 thoughts on “Quality or Quantity?

  1. Absolutely, I have felt it for quite some time, it is always expanding and encroaching on the remnants of a “normal” life. I feel like the skier who has triggered an avalanche and now I am skiing for my life down a never ending mountain, whether I want to or not. Over the last several years fishing, hunting, family and reading time decreases while the impositions grow. Ironically it is my kids who are experiencing similar trends and starting to walk away from the “traditional” path.

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    • Yes. I want to tell my son to STOP. Be productive but be happy with less. Hunt, fish, travel, plant, grow, write your music and do well. But do not be suckered into the idea that ‘more’ is always better. ‘More’ comes with a heavier price tag than most realize.

      Good luck with your fishing project BTW. When you get the 50 done you will have to start over again in Canada. I have some good suggestions for when you do.

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  2. Heh, Canada has and is on my radar. In years past, I spent quite a bit of time fishing in B.C. I’m hoping to go to N.B. for some fly fishing for Atlantic Salmon.

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  3. Sir,
    We have long since embraced the idea of ‘enough’. The endless accumulation, regardless of the object, that is the goal of this society of ours (and, by extension, the basis for our economy), is an objective that leads nowhere. We have enough, and we do what we need to do to support what we have, leading to a certain amount of free time for other pursuits. Our son will know of this when he gets old enough to wonder why we don’t have certain things, or do certain other things, that his schoolmates might have or do. Balance, in all things, we feel is key.
    The only thing I personally do not think I have enough of is ammunition. I suspect this will ever be the case.

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  4. I always enjoy reading your stuff again. I myself am learning once again I came into this world with nothing, and that is what I will be taking with me when I go. If bugging out becomes an issue, I am thinking food or ammunition, rifle,shotgun, and pistol? Myself I would like to sit on tons of ammo, but when it comes to carrying it, my dilemma. I see Holly made it over,despite being hassled by the hobbies. Myself I have been losing about 80% of my posts in the last week. Do we need to start a bullseye club. Hmmm

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  5. I always enjoy reading your stuff again. I myself am learning once again I came into this world with nothing, and that is what I will be taking with me when I go. If bugging out becomes an issue, I am thinking food or ammunition, rifle,shotgun, and pistol? Myself I would like to sit on tons of ammo, but when it comes to carrying it, my dilemma. I see Holly made it over,despite being hassled by the bobbies. Myself I have been losing about 80% of my posts in the last week. Do we need to start a bullseye club. Hmmm

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