Why do we overlook simple, lasting things and yearn for things that will one day fade away?
Because however fast things fade away, we still find happiness with them.
Not really sure if this answers your question, but I think most of us think, and even decide on things impulsively.. only to realize a little while later that it might not have been the best decision. I think the Little Prince said it best "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye".
This question is somewhat complicated, but I'll try to take a stab at it.
To some people a simple thing that seems to last might not be as interesting, as those things that come quickly and appear to have a great deal of pizzazz or spiciness to it, for example a lustful relationship that's 9 times out of 10 doomed to fail.
The world is filled with many differing flavors sort to speak, so as people choose what they like, many of them also fail to realize the time factor or decaying process involved in fulfillment of such desires, just as a fantasy or fictitious wish being instantly granted from a genie in a lamp. (Aladdin)
This may be reason why the most appealing things are also the ones that tend to fade much more quickly, it really is something of a perplexing thing of sorts.
I think as we get older, we are more in tune to the simple things in life. For example, where I live in Brazil, we have more than 80 types of birds visit our garden. We don't have a TV but we have books, hammocks, one cellular phone which rarely is charged and fantastic weather. When young materialistic people visit, they wonder how we can live like this. They need to spend money on the latest must have gadget to feel that euphoria.
I think everyone could enjoy the simple pleasures if they would turn off the TV, mobile phone and computer and start living again. It is only through advertising that we are turned into mindless sheep.
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