Standing in Grand Central Station reminds us of the temporariness of life, that what’s here now can be gone in a flash.
We should be dubious of ephemerality, especially in the internet world where things get consumed and promptly forgotten. Good feelings are equally fleeting; they ascend and descend like a sine wave.
Instead, the overall wager should be on long-term serotonin rather than one-off surges of dopamine.
Here now, gone in an instant
Better to find our feet in the urban wilderness rather than orbit around a flock of sheep. In the hierarchy of happiness, stillness plays the long game by persisting through noisy places.