Ex mente orbis:
"From the mind comes the world"
A couple years ago I was recommended two movies by my friend Ken Evoy. And they are indeed both wonderful movies:
Sexy Beast and
Life As A House.
I am rewatching them both this week, and it strikes me that they have something in common: one is about a man retiring from the Hectic Game of it all. And one is about a man who already did this, but the Hectic Game comes hunting for him.
I doubt I'll ever retire in lawn-chair sort of way, but this is resonating with me in another way: What are the rewards of the Hectic Game? Meaning earning big money, getting big status and influence?
Say a man named Bill has been playing the Game like all-git-out for ten years and has made vice president and a big house and mortgage. But he has not had a minute of free time to develop his mind and spirit or think about his life. And say his old school pal Bob has spent the same ten years being unemployed, on park benches and in the library, not earning a cent, but making all kinds of changes and developments to his mind and spirit. Who is the most successful, Bill or Bob? Beats me.