“People are so vulnerable at night. They’re willing to spill out their souls to anyone willing to listen. They have desires to do things that never cross their mind when the sun is in the sky.”—at night souls spill and desires darken (via greaterthanexpected)
We relentlessly pursue things and experiences that we think will make us happier. But once we acquire them, we quickly return to our previous level of happiness. So then we look for the next thing. That car you’ve been lusting after? The first day you sit in it you feel wonderful. You’ve dreamed of this moment. But within a couple of weeks, the car feels like every other car you’ve ever owned. That’s when you start lusting after another new car.
This got me thinking: Maybe getting the object of our desire isn’t what we really desire. Maybe it’s the desire itself which we desire. In other words, maybe it’s more pleasurable to want things than to have them.
Interesting. After a visit of two ARUP engineers, some of our architects were, well, kind of excited and overwhelmed. When I said ‘Come on, they’re ‘just’ engineers..’ An architect replied: "Yes, but they make our renders become real". This made me think. Has technology hijacked the building…
“The most commonly cited definition of sustainability concerns the enduring effort to meet our basic needs, and nature inspires the meeting of those needs through the attainment of sensory pleasure. Desire is the engine of evolution. Sensual experience is embedded in the very idea of sustainability.”—The shape of green