Although I understand that it’s not such a good idea to play games with reality, If I could have a choice between slowing down an event that passes by too fast, or speeding up something that goes by too slowly, I should very much rather speed up the slow circumstances. Things tend to pass exceptionally slowly when they’re difficult to accept. Boring tasks, illness, pain and fear are all quite notorious for lingering. By speeding things up somewhat under those circumstances, even though painful things would still hurt, and difficult circumstances wouldn’t get any easier, at least I could count on their seeming not to linger to such an unbearable degree. It might be nice to let all the enjoyable things feel as if they last forever , but since I’d only be able to make one such change, the smarter one would be the one that would reduce tension and frustration.
“Perhaps too much of everything is as bad as too little,” purports Edna Ferber. I can most certainly believe that. Deficiency has a tendency to lead to frustration and resentment but so does excess because when someone has entirely too much of something, however good and enjoyable it is, it invariably becomes stale. People even take each other for granted that way too. It’s part of mankind’s dark side. Each of us always gets bored and loses interest in anything that’s been around too long, or is too easily available or too plentiful. Economists refer to it as utility. It’s always best to do things with a sense of moderation. When someone neither overdoes nor underdoes something it increases significantly his ability to appreciate it. I’ve always seen this in my own experience. Nothing takes away from my enjoyment of something than the feeling that it’s always been that way and that it will never change, whether it’s a television, show, a job, a school or anything else. That’s why vacations, weekends, and other occasional changes of routine can be quite helpful. Each of us should at all times be restricted to a very strict budget, financially and otherwise. It’s the common condition of mankind to lose interest in things. That’s why we have such things as planned obsolescence in salesmanship, and style and fashion in everything. People are perpetually dissatisfied and excess only makes it worse.