Paradox of Magic Island

Parking at Magic Island, Ala Moana Park
Parking at Magic Island, Ala Moana Park

Magic Island in Honolulu is very popular for walking, jogging and running.   As soon as the park opens at 4:00 a.m., one after another, people are coming for walking.   I know this park very well, because I am the one, too,  who go there early in the morning, for a walk, when I stay in Honolulu. I think this is an interesting site since beautiful park is surrounded by sea and buildings.


This time, I noticed another interesting fact that people, including myself, drive there in order to walk. Walking can be done anywhere and anytime in this world, but many people drive cars there in order to walk. This is just like our Paradox of life, which was once mentioned by an English Philosopher, Bertrand Russell.


I actually forgot which book he wrote this paradox, but I clearly remember that he pointed out that Industrial Revolution made people work harder and longer, while people originally intended to work less by the revolution. Technology was supposed to lead people to work less, but the more improved technology, the busier people get.   It's been nearly 200 years since revolution, but we are still working hard in order to take leisure time!  


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