The New Economics
“There is a central quality which is the root criterion of life and spirit in a man, a town, a building or a wilderness. This quality is objective and precise, but it cannot be named. The search which we make for this quality, in our own lives, is the central search of any person, and the crux of any individual person’s story. It is the search for those moments and situations when we are most alive.”
- Christopher Alexander, The Timeless Way of Building (1979)
The other night I was laying in bed and felt a vague, pensive frustration. I was thinking about my future, and what I might make of myself. Suddenly hit with a flash of clarity about both the source of the frustration and a path to resolution, I grabbed my phone and rapped the following:
Where are your inner contradictions?
If you didn’t have to make money or save the world,
what would you do with your life?