How Our Pursuit Of “More” Is Making Everything Less Enjoyable

Yesterday, at a small family gathering, there was a family member who had been to Doha, Qatar a few months back. He began by saying that he had a good time there, shared a few things he did, and even suggested a few places. He said he would consider going there again.

He then began telling us of the many things he had seen and done there. The things he said and the way he said them quashed all my desires to visit Doha — if there were such desires. The place seemed dull and boring!

As I look at the images of the places he mentioned, and of other places there, I wouldn’t mind visiting there, someday. It looks fun. While most tourist images exaggerate a lot, I wouldn’t mind the unexaggerated part either. I wouldn’t mind sands and scorching suns for a few days. If anything, they would remind me of the importance of cool breeze and cold water, which are abundant where I live.

But the place sounded so dull and unvisitable based on the way he described it. And it’s not that he said he didn’t enjoy it.

He either had no eyes to see beauty or no mouth to describe it.

Reflecting back on the conversation, his enjoyment seemed to come more from the things he could do there rather than the things he could see and feel.

My claim is that good writers, poets, and artists have both eyes to see beauty and mouth to describe it! People involved in more practical professions may also possess both, but they are usually more concerned with the use of tangible things.

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