Often our lives can become a kind of packaged tour. While our daily routine may be relaxed and safe, our lives are no longer challenging. After a while of riding the gravy train express, we may start to feel like we are on a luxurious rail tour, yearning for the adventure of an backpacking trip around the world.
How can we make sure that our lives - whether we be at home or abroad - do not just become ‘Contiki Tours’ by any other name?
I recently managed to locate a copy of Robert Greene and Joost Elffers’s 1998 book The 48 Laws of Power. I remember seeing it on the bed of a housemate - a real believer in the ‘dog eat dog’ model of the world - a few years back; clearly, this was pleasant nighttime reading for the Machiavellian-at-heart. I have an instant dislike of following most of these principles - and yet I continued to scan through it, and for two reasons. Firstly, learning what others might be doing or trying to do to me helps me guard against falling victim to them. Secondly, I continued to read this book in order to recognize my own use of some of these strategies, and so train myself out of using them.