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Anybody wants some fun? Heavy stuff, not for the weak stomach.

Updated on October 5, 2008

I don't write something this heavy all the time. Let it help you, if not, at least shake you up a little.

Do we want to have some fun? No, we want much more.

It's always the same situation. We are always left with the choice between instant gratification and on-going satisfaction.

For those of us in business, do we want quick money or a basis to generate constant income? Do we want to rip off a not so discerning customer, or provide professional reliable service to make him a loyal customer?

For those of us after a relationship, do we want mere sex or a soul mate to go through life with?

Fo those seeking health, do we want a cool look or a healthy body? Do we want to take a wonder pill or develop health-sustaining habits?

For writers on the internet, do we want good search engine optimization skills or the ability to generate good contents?

Most of the time, we want a bit of both, at an optimal mix. The question is how much of each. For individuals, communities or even nations, when more and more energy and effort is directed to the superficial, quick and instant gratification. There is little wonder that little happiness is achieved.

Here is one such example. When someone comments that he likes to read, it used to mean that he is into books. Now it can mean that he likes reading newspaper columns, magazine articles or even articles on the internet. While high quality, catchy articles do exist in the latter media, it will be unrealistic to expect the brief writings to lead to in-depth transfer of knowledge.

Another example: When banks sold you AAA rated investment products, it used to mean low risk for us and low profit margin for them. Now, it means maximal profit for them and, of course, their subsequent bankrupcy and total loss of our money.

This short piece of mine provides no answers. It raises questions for discussion and soul searching. It points out that the scope of time and depth does matter. It doesn't matter if you are not leaving any comments here below this hub. But, please, form some answers for yourself and for what you stand for. I don't write something this heavy all the time. Let it help you, if not, at least shake you up a little.

Yours truly,



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    • Benson Yeung profile image

      Benson Yeung 8 years ago from Hong Kong

      Hi Whikat,

      thanks for taking this seriously and commenting.

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      Whikat 8 years ago

      Good questions, I think I am in the majority so far. I would like optimal mix, but not at the expense of others. Thank you for making me think.

    • Benson Yeung profile image

      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Dear Dottie1,

      thanks for dropping by and commenting.

    • Dottie1 profile image

      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      Thanks for raising the questions. Lots to think about. Good job!

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      JonathanB 9 years ago from Ohio

      I Agree with quicksand. An optimal mix definitely souns more realistic! great hub!

    • Benson Yeung profile image

      Benson Yeung 9 years ago from Hong Kong

      Annie. quicksand,

      thanks by dropping by and taking time to comment.

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      quicksand 9 years ago

      An optimal mix sounds more realistic.

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      AnnieRob 9 years ago from Sunshine Coast, Australia

      This is so true and it can be so difficult as a mother or parent to teach our children the value of waiting for something of true value and that the waiting in itself is a valuable lesson.