Since we were able to understand what words meant, we have been told by parents, teachers, relatives and friends that “we can do better,” that “we can always do more.”
All the way from grade school thru high school we heard the mantra: “always do your best.”
We were taught that “more is better.”
If we did better, we would “get more of IT”.
And then Paul Simon wrote a song about “Kodachrome” and in it he said, “When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school, its a wonder I can think at all.”
We were confused and began to question what we learned.
So was “more” really “better?”
Even the Beatles told us that “IT’s getting better all the time” and in the background the voices said “Can’t get no worse.”
So we went out there to get “more” of “IT.”
Which of course would “make IT better all the time.”
Whatever the hell IT was.
And then Mies van der Rohe, the German American architect wowed us with his architectural design and proclaimed that “Less is more.”
Again we were confused. More? Less? Better? It?
What did all this mean?
Now I think that maybe better is just better.
Are we all doing better work now?
How do we know?
Because we made more money.