May 04, 2010
Monotonous/Mountainous, ME Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 18
How do we end up fixated on one mountainous point?
How do we end up monotonously moving toward it?
We’ve learned by fearsome rote: had it drilled into our way-back-when very young minds that we need to get somewhere. We’ve come to believe that our happiness is directly related to the conquering motto: “Climb every mountain!” Rather sadly, the simple enjoyment of circling now cries out to our over-fixated conscience “woeful inadequacy!”
For me climbing mountains is about the perpetual monotony of placing one foot in front of the other. There never seems to be a good place to rest – it’s not so easy to sleep on a steep inclines. It doesn’t matter if you relax your toe-grip or your brain; you’re bound to end up sliding.
In my opinion, cloverleafs at least hold some minimal challenges – signaling, merging, accelerating; all while moving forward.
Carousels are different – those are the rides we take knowing they go nowhere but not really caring. Personally, I love the happy the rhythm of repetitiveness, the sweet soundtrack, and the perpetual wind in my hair.
So, I’d like to know.
Who says we have to scale mountains? Why can’t we simply (and probably more efficiently) just go around them?
Who says the summit is the goal? Maybe it’s really the fresh water lake at the foot of the other side.
Who says we have to keep moving forward? Why can’t we be pleased with where we are?
Why is routine comforting to some and appalling to others?
We know the mountainous fixed rules: we live by them, we embrace them, even if there is no joy found there.
Of course I’m not recommending anarchy, bucking the system, or complete hermitage.
But I think it’s ok, and super healthy, to once in a while just ask, “Why?”
In this issue: Climb Ev'ry Mountain, The Emotional Eating Beast, John Burroughs, Monotonous & Mountainous
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Posted by jaselin at May 4, 2010 08:54 PM