To those hooked on modern popular culture, the actual world around them often seems slow-moving and dull by comparison. Too bad, says Dalrymple. Some people don’t know what they’re missing.
…the world is so infinite in its variety that our brief time on it cannot, or at least should not be able, to exhaust our interest. I used to tell my patients that it was vastly more important, from the point of view of reaching contentment, that they should lose themselves than that they should find themselves; and that, in losing they would find themselves and most of their problems would disappear, at least for the time they remained lost. If they made finding themselves the precondition of losing themselves, they were, in effect, lost.