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“People, chained by monotony, afraid to think, clinging to certainties ... live like ants.”

– Bela Lugosi, American film actor


“How long?” I asked. “How many years?”

I had asked a colleague how long he had lived and worked in the same town.

“Nearly 30, I guess,” was the reply. “Nearly 30 years at the same job.”

His house was paid for and that was a good thing. He had plenty of money invested for retirement and that gave him a sense of security – a certain peace-of-mind, no doubt. Part of me envied him as I was still years away from being mortgage-free and about 20 years short of saving enough to retire. Another part of me knew that I would find monotony in such a predictable existenc...

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