We’re all analyzing ourselves to a point of stasis, Christopher. I know this isn’t the point of your article, and I find your points sincere and well processed. I say “well processed” because you’ve taken the time to look at who you are and what you can “do.” As we turn inward, ignoring our phones, our computers, the people around us, we see ourselves as capable on one hand, disillusioned on the other. Both are part of the inward journey that, like you’ve expressed, can make us better (at something, anyway). The trouble, is we’re reflecting without “reducing.” We extend our thinking, adding to the complexity instead of reducing everything to a simple explanation of life: “You’re living on your own hands and feet. You walk, you grab, you think. We follow existing paths because they are paths. We started liking paths when we started to walk. To make your own path takes a lot of courage, but obviously it’s only by using our hands, feet and brains that we can make a path, a road less travelled. Yes, it’s worth analyzing, it bears reflection, but it comes down to whether you want to make your own path or not. Good article, though, Christopher. Not an original path yet—but you’re getting there (and this comes from a much older man!).

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