In a surprisingly old video (from 2015), a YouTuber sets out to make a sandwich completely from scratch.
He grows the grain, lettuce, the tomatoes, the onions, the cucumbers. He travels to the ocean to get saltwater which he then boils down to salt. He slaughters, cleans and cooks a chicken. He grinds down the grain and bakes it into bread.
At the end of the six month journey, he eats what was probably a pretty mediocre sandwich that will keep him full for a few hours.
I recently made bread for the first time in a while and thought about this video and how far we’ve come in just a few hundred years. Not only can you buy anything you need from the supermarket that you can access in less than 20 minutes with a car, but with services like Instacart and Prime Now, you can have any food delivered to your doorstep in a matter of hours.
Why assemble your own sandwich from scratch when you can order a professionally made sandwich on GrubHub?
Industrialism will continue to drive down prices on nearly everything and that is where the choice begins. Where will you spend your time? When all your basic needs can be taken care of with a few clicks, we have more time than ever to choose where our energy goes.
Will you blog? Write a book? Start a business? Read a book? Watch a show? Learn a new skill?
It’s up to you. As always, the only wrong choice is to not choose.