Early to bed
“Early to bed
early to rise
makes a man
healthy, wealthy and wise.”
It’s a nicely written rhyme which is about all it has going for it.
As life advice, it makes no sense unless you’re prone to constant late night parties.
And that’s the thing about nicely constructed pat sayings—we tend to give them more credibility than perhaps they deserve: “perfect sound forever”, “vanishingly low distortion”, “audiophiles prefer vinyl”, “compressed music sounds that way”.
I am sure there’s plenty more where those came from, but it’s enough to make the point. Just because a saying, an idea, or a concept fits nicely into a box doesn’t mean it has any more validity than a loosely constructed jumble of thoughts.
We’ve gotten so used to marketing slogans and proverbs representing facts that we’re in danger of forgetting the underlying truth.
A mistruth or bad idea wrapped up with paper and a pretty bow is no more valuable than what’s inside.
The progress train
We’re all passengers on the progress train whether we choose to be or not. It might feel like we can get off whenever we want, but unless you’re living in a shack disconnected from the grid, deep in the woods, it’s unlikely its constant forward push is going to leave you alone.
I can remember back when the age of digital audio was upon us and the many that checked off the train staying with their mechanical record players. That worked for a while until they wanted to purchase new vinyl, now recorded and mastered on the new digital medium.
They didn’t really get off the train, in fact, I would suggest none of us can when we step back and take the long view.
And, that’s ok because we don’t really want to alienate ourselves from progress. Just sometimes it feels like it’s coming a bit too fast for us to adjust.
The nice thing about thinking of progress as a train is you can get off at any stop and take a holiday before getting back on.