The idea that a successful person should be happy has thousands of years of momentum behind it. If I was any good, why didn't I have the easy confidence winners are supposed to have? But that, I now believe, is like a runner asking "If I'm such a good athlete, why do I feel so tired?" Good runners still get tired; they just get tired at higher speeds.

Paul Graham. An interesting essay, which (indirectly) suggests that the reason why people seem more discontented these days is that more of them do jobs where it's not possible to know you did the best you could. I already know that manual labour is more "satisfying" in this sense than intellectual labour, so in hindsight this idea seems obvious.

[ Entry posted at: Fri 16 Feb 2007 23:44:13 UTC | 0 comment(s)... | Cat: Philosophical ]

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