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The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it but what they become by it.
-- John Ruskin


Monday, November 27, 2023

The latest thing

You seek answers, comfort, and richness in what’s new. Yet what you long for is not likely to be found in the latest thing.

Much of what’s new is empty and useless, contrived solely for the sake of novelty. It’s shiny and bright, designed specifically to capture your attention, but beneath the irresistible veneer is nothing.

Certainly, authentic new things have the power to bring much value to your life. Genuine novelty can stimulate your imagination and energize your spirit.

But just because something is new does not magically make it useful. Having the latest version does not automatically equate with having the best version.

There already exist thousands of years worth of values, insights, and innovations that have stood the test of time. While not themselves new, most are indeed new to you, and very accessible as well.

Don’t dismiss all the good and useful old things you’ve never known just to chase what everybody is currently chattering about. The substance you seek might very well be found in what’s been there all along.

— Ralph Marston

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