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From Peace to Prosperity

Too many people, too many ideas, too much attention. That’s the big city.

Few people, few ideas, few distractions. That’s the woods.

We’re all living in a big city mentality today. We fear falling behind on the latest celebrity gossip, breaking news, and TV show banter on Facebook and Twitter.

The noise can be so overwhelming that we either keep up and contribute to the feeds or we give up completely. There’s rarely middle-ground.

People think that more is better. More creates more anxiety. More intrudes on a peaceful, simple life.

“My greatest skill in life has been to want but little.” ― Henry David Thoreau, Walden

People buy speed and excess because it supplies a hit of dopamine. The online world is like playing the slot machines in Las Vegas. But patience will define the individual in the 21st century. Quality always exceeds excess.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.