Contentment Would Destroy Our Economy
If tomorrow everyone were altogether content with the storage facilities of stuff they already had, the toys in their toy box, or the garage, satisfied that the house was warmed and the fridge was full, our economy would take a sharp turn for the worse. It is difficult to be content in America.
I feel the pull: the car that doesn't have an air conditioner, the guitar that doesn't entirely get the sound I'd like, and it would sure be nice to have an office space in our apartment.
Discontentment with this life is a reality, which we so often try to drown out with more things, more distractions, more food. We have forgotten how to stew in discontentment, to let it remind us what C.S. Lewis said about what our unfulfilled desires pull us to.
I'll let the poet George Herbert wrap things up.
May the restlessness lead you to rest.