Even in wealthy and affluent countries where there's enough to go
around, living a life of intention is an as yet uninvented
possibility for many. Scarcity and living a life of
scarcity, isn't a function of not having enough to go around.
Scarcity is an unexamined mindset.
If you talk with people who've made it in life, people
who've accumulated great wealth, people who've amassed many
possessions, people who are afforded great
you'll often find for them it's not enough. And it's not
just that it's not enough for them. On top of it's not
enough comes the galling realization it was
supposed to be enough. And it isn't. So there's a
sense of being cheated as well.
Sir Paul McCartney, a billion and a half dollars of net worth
fortune later, has
and endearingly observed one thing he's ongoingly afraid of is
waking up one day finding himself poor. It doesn't matter that it's
a billion and half dollars later. It doesn't matter that it's fifty
years later. It makes no difference that his is arguably the most
widely recognized and loved face and name and music on
The same sense of being poor in Liverpool is still there, still
haunting him. The quality of life afforded by wealth
is hopelessly and constantly undermined by tiny termites from the
past boring the foundations of life now and for the foreseeable
Even when there's not enough to go around, even in situations when
the best there is requires merely eking out a living, the
possibility of living a life of intention, the possibility of
living life intentionally, is a possibility which is available ie
it's a possibility which can be invented.
Intentionality and living a life of intention, isn't a
function of having enough to go around. Intention is an invented
quality. Inventing intention doesn't depend on circumstances.
Rather, intention is invented regardless of