While reading The Personal MBA on my way home, I came across this quote by Masanobu Fukuoka which I really like, and want to put it down here to serve as a useful reminder.
Human beings with their tampering do something wrong, leave the damage unrepaired, and when the adverse results accumulate, work with all their might to correct them. When the corrective actions appear to be successful, they come to view these measures as successful accomplishments. People do this over and over again. It is as if a fool were to stomp on and break the tiles of his roof. Then when it starts to rain and the ceiling begins to rot away, he hastily climbs up to mend the damage, rejoicing in the end that he has accomplished a miraculous solution.
Isn’t it true that most of the things we do today are invented, just to keep us busy and to have something to do? This doesn’t mean I believe we should lie around doing nothing all day, but I just think we need to stop from time to time and ask the question – why are we doing this? Why all the fuss? What if I just stay still and let things be?