Published on: 2021-03-09
In my last read about the duality between maintenance and innovation-speak, I was trying to develop my inner sense to pare down on my needs, my expectations and my requirements in life. How? Focusing on maintenance is accepting a steady state, a statu quo on things that revolve in your life. All I want right now is a quiet life, without the drama of a psycho-socially-connected life and having time to enjoy what is really important for me. Maintenance should allow that because we stop to pursuit a dreamy life that doesn’t exist, except in our mind.
To learn more about paring down state, refer to Zen Habits - The Simplicity Cycle: Returning to Paring Down to Find your True Needs and Pairing Ideas by the same author.
Concrete examples of maintenance instead of innovation-speak is to understand the necessity to have a roof without leaks over your head instead of going to Disneyland for a week. Yes, it might seems like a compromise, but in fact it is more a confrontation between a fake life and the reality.
Who needs a car with all the gadgets if only it brings you debt and obligations when you can go debt-free, simple no gadget car that will probably be more reliable anyway?
For me, maintenance = low needs = simplicity = lean life
And, innovation-speak = spending too much money = complexity and futile = overwhelmed life
The excesses of capitalism and global ecological catastrophes have a common theme: They are the costs of neglect, and the consequences of a society that values the individual accumulation of wealth above the commun good.
The Innovation Delusion is the false belief that the pursuit of innovation and novelty will lead us into the promised land of growth and profit when, in reality, it will lead us to ignore the ever-accumulating pile of deferred maintenance and infrastructure debt -and, in the process, lead individuals toward burnout and our society to accelerating levels of exploitation and inequality.
Both quotes are from The Innovation Delusion of Lee Vinsel.