an equal opportunity eater.
Taking the neurosis out of food, one meal at a time.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Is this it?
Are you a grasshopper or an ant? You know, via Aesop, upended by Maugham. I've been thinking about this lately, because I've been such a good ant for so many years, putting a little aside each year, being proud of being responsible, delaying gratification by second nature. (The ability to postpone gratification is one of the most significant indicators of adult success, if you remember the oft-cited marshmallow experiment). So, pleased with myself, I go along my ant ways, unwilling to look up, to be distracted by the careless but beguiling grasshoppers around me.
Adhering to the cultural convention that passing time = progress, I have blithely assumed that at some point in the future, I will have arrived. I will no longer have the financial or emotional need to further delay any damn thing. Just as I believed that age = wisdom and, again, at some point in the future, we will have figured every damn thing out.
Lately I have taken to thinking that there is no logic in either of those premises, nor is there any supporting evidence. Which leads me to my opening question: is this it? And if this is it--what should I do now?