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Why are we so restless?

Am I the only one, or does it seem like we are becoming a restless people?  Why are we so restless these
days?

Only a few generations back, our ancestors usually lived and died within 10 to 20 miles of their birth.  Today it’s nothing to jump in the car and drive several hundred miles for an event with our favorite hobby or to visit family.  We do this without much thought.  We move a lot too, but that’s old news and not really at the heart of the issue.

It’s not just that we are unsettled, when we are settled, it seems we are fidgety, distracted even.  We are like school children gazing out the window the last week before summer break.  What’s up?

I love Bear Grylls and other survival shows.  Admittedly, none of these are filmed in our backyard — part of the allure is the exotic locations.  Within 10 miles of our home they are building one new Bass Pro shop and two Cabela’s.  The outdoors await, easier to conquer than ever!

I think part of our problem which keeps us fidgety and easily distracted is our craving for adventure.  The adventurous spirit of exploration and testing our mettle dies hard.  Ah, maybe not.  Probably not.  Why go in search of a challenge when you haven’t beat Angry Birds or Candy Crush yet?  I guess it’s just easier to live vicariously through a favorite athlete or to settle for reruns.

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