Essay On Excess
Today I reflect on excess. Something we each encounter at some point and in some form. Maybe it appears as overindulgence in a consumerist culture that often overlooks it. An addiction at its worst that can consume hours, even lifetimes and ultimately ourselves. Or perhaps the excess is an extreme view or emotion that cannot be regulated. The tendency to overshare and under-listen. Maybe it manifests in taking or giving too much, selfishness versus codependency without any relational balance.
I think most of us agree that moderation in the majority of matters is best. But how do we decide the optimal amount of expression or consumption? When does it become too much or go too far? At what point does it cross the line from fulfilling to full, from controlled to uncontrollable? And on the flip side, what is the consequence of denying ourselves too much pleasure or hiding our true essence from the world? In the coming entries, I will explore the boundaries of these boxes, the expanse of excess and the safety in scarcity.