Jan 20, 2012
I heard someone today say, “Nowadays, good enough just isn’t good enough.”
Good enough, by definition, is good enough. If it weren’t good enough, then it wouldn’t be.
But behind the statement is a more general cultural consensus that one should never “settle for less” and, instead, strive for the amazing.
“Go big or go home,” they say. (“Go for the gusto or don’t go at all,” they used to say.)
Why? Why do we have to be amazing? Why do our experiences need to be amazing? Our homes? Our cars? Our jobs? Our sex?
It’s as if dissatisfaction, rather than the result of circumstances every now and again, should serve as the desired state.
Whatever happened to appreciating things the way are, in all their unamazingness, and being happy with enough?
If things are bad, we should work to change them. (Or leave them as they are. I’m not here to tell you what to do.)
If things are good enough, shouldn’t that be good enough?