Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Living in a Cave

It's not uncommon to hear people who are frustrated with my skepticism about technology to say "Do you want to live in a cave?" They seem to think that living in a cave is a really bad thing. So far, no one who has expressed this sentiment has actually had an experience of living in a cave.
I have lived in a cave. Also in a yurt and other places that by modern standards would seem quite primitive. True, it's not especially comfortable, but to quote Royal Robbins, "what you gain in comfort you lose in intensity." When a cave is your home, your life is lived very intensely. There is a richness and vividness about it that living in a comfortable home with all the technology imaginable can never provide.

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