A Vision for Travel
We see a world where traveling has become an affordable, safe, smooth and fun experience for everyone. We see short lines at the airports and commuter stations because the airlines and travel companies have plenty of employees ready to help their customers right away; where all searches and governmental interruptions have been eradicated entirely; where the leg space on airline flights is more than adequate; where healthy, tasty, nutritious meals are available on all longer flights; where our baggage is treated gently, as if it was their own; where the pilots are well paid for the specialized work that they do; and where the people have gained a new respect for the airlines and all providers of travel, because the travel providers have taken on a new attitude. They truly care about the people they move from one place to another.
“As we look at this universe and we see Man struggling, and we see beasts and beings dying and living in agony and poverty, and we see the pain and turmoil and confusion, concern, and all of these various things—we say, ‘Good heavens. No game could be this way. This couldn’t possibly be the game.’
“That’s because we have become pantywaists on the subjects of how tough a game should be. Now, that’s a good thing for you to know. If there wasn’t this much penalty, you wouldn’t get that much game. You see that? Do you see all the misery and suffering as just—well, just rack it up and say those are the penalties. You miss here and you fail to win there—and that’s you there. Other people are very convinced. They see you lying there and they say, ‘Well, you know, I just better play this game just a little bit harder over in this direction.’
“What happens to a society, then, when it really starts going to pieces? Well, let’s look over history and find those societies that have gone to pieces are those societies which have no longer had stresses, no longer had contests, which no longer had anything in doubt—where everything was known and predictable and nice. …
“It’s an interesting thing that, during the war in London, it is reported that nobody went psychotic while the bombs were falling. But as soon as the war was over, everybody seems to have racked up a nice record in the mental homes. Interesting, isn’t it? Why shouldn’t people go crazy under that much stress and strain?
“And the answer is, is people don’t go crazy under stress and strain. People go crazy in the absence of stress and strain. And they get to a point of where they have so little stress and strain that somebody comes along and drops a straw on their big toe and the big toe breaks. That, they will have to consider as a penalty. They’ve been expecting some penalties, there’s—must be a game going on somehow.”
“I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.”
Author and Social Activist, Rita Mae Brown
Your action for today is to take extra joy in something you typically take for granted–like the smell of fresh baked apple pie.