Confucius said we learn wisdom in three ways – by reflection, which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest. In this instant age there’s a tendency to go straight to experience, bypassing reflection and imitation which is perceived ‘perfect’, like the perfect selfie, dress, look or place. There’s no wisdom in the experience of having everything now. Instant gratification is a dangerous addiction that can never be satisfied as we continuously hunger for more or better. No longer are we excited about the future, about the delicious anticipation of something, personally or professionally. Now, our pictures are instant, we can buy something immediately or swipe left or right for an instant relationship. Are we losing our ability to really feel emotions like excitement and anticipation?
Listen to my recent interview on on this topic with Chris Ilsley on 6PR