In life, the best we can do is think about trying to do better. There’s doing better (stage 1). Then there’s trying to do better (stage 2). Then there’s thinking about trying to be doing better (stage 3). Stage 3 means three stages removed from any manual activity, making it preferable to the first or second stages, in my opinion. How far can I get from actuality? This might be the most important question we can ask ourselves. Sure, you’re walking down the street, you’re heading to the store, you’re looking at the people, that’s what you’re doing, but what are you thinking about doing? Or better yet, what are you thinking about trying to do? Or what are you trying to think about doing? Oh yes, and trying to think about trying? Oh that’s even better. I didn’t go far enough. My opening statement is flawed. How’s this: In life, the best we can do is try to think about trying to do better.
But upon reflection, that doesn’t go far enough either. How about this: In life, the best we can do is think about trying to think about trying to do better. That’s probably far enough.