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Psychologist and Swarthmore College professor Barry Schwartz was on NPR yesterday, talking about his TED Talk, "Are We Happier When We Have More Options?” and his 2004 book, The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less. His main idea: unlimited choice, even between good choices, does not make us happier. Having too many options inflates our expectations and can overwhelm our ability to decide. Life is better when we have limits.


Psalm 19 is in full agreement...

2 Timothy 2:4 says, "No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life. " As one of "God's soldiers," does this mean that I shouldn't be worried about the things of "every day life"? That I shouldn't pay too much attention to the car I buy? The work I do? How clean the house is? Does this mean that I shouldn't get too "wrapped up" in my hobbies or interests?
 
No. Paul is using a metaphor.

One of the things I like best about today’s crazy world is the ability to say yes to competing, opposite ideas. 
 
One of those sets of competing ideas is the labels we use in our relationships. Am I your “brother” or your boss, are you my “sister” or my superior? “Yes,” according to Paul, is a legitimate answer.