I noticed today how there is a tendency to give into habits/addictions/patterns when it is easier to do so. When something is made difficult, it is somewhat of a deterrent. I noticed this in the last time I quit smoking weed – although there were several other factors that assisted me in stopping, one of them was the fact that on this particular day, it would have taken a lot of effort to get it. When things just fall into your lap, somehow that makes it ‘easier’. Are we so bound to proximity, so prone to appreciating things just because they are in our immediate environment, so compelled by the things we can see and touch and not so much by those we can’t?
I also noticed this today when I was thinking about the last band I was in. One of the reasons I was in it was that it was just so easy and effortless to do. I had the drums, a jam space, and the music was easy. This is really not a good reason to do anything, just because you can and it take very little effort. Normally, big effort equals big reward and vice versa.
This all reminded me of a song line that always stuck out to me, “the easy path is the hardest way down” and this has been the case with so many things in my life. It is so easy to eat some treats because they’re right here or just a short distance away and cost just a few dollars. It is so easy to just go on the internet and entertain myself with useless shit. It is so easy to socialize and talk to women because it comes naturally to me. It is so easy to just do nothing, because, well, that is the thing in this world that takes the least amount of effort.
But none of these things actually recognize the dire situation we all find ourselves in currently on this earth. By giving into the easy path, we do not recognize our roles as the world’s elite, as the top %10 richest percentile of people on this earth who could make a difference but are rather busy living beyond our means and consuming far more than our fair share while giving very little back. That’s why the “first world” is so dissatisfied with itself and ungrateful, self-loathing. This attitude is what is collectively keeping the human civil-lie-zation machine going that is destroying the planet – because our original starting point on this earth has always been to take advantage and serve our own interests despite everything and everyone else, and as long as we stay on the easy path and stay the course, we will continue to plummet into devolution and destruction of the real world.
Everyday there should at least be one real challenge that we all make for ourselves and face, and I am not talking about making things unnecessarily difficult of being hard on ourselves or struggling or any other those things we tend to do to ourselves. There is an opportunity to avert the course in our lives and our civilizations history in almost every single moment – to not take the easy path and rather challenge ourselves – it is much more rewarding. If that opportunity is here in every moment, then surely we can start by taking advantage of at least one of these moments every day, and really going for it.