Like most parents Robinson Crusoe’s father wanted him to live a stable life with an income, a house, and without need or excess. The middle road. The concept of the path that is between the poor and the rich is one I never thought of. And I’m not sure why since most everyone, including my parents and teachers, talk about. However it never really clicked until I read Robinson Crusoe. I was watching a youtube video on money and happiness in which they suggest that $75K a year is enough for a person to be satisfied and are just as happy as those who make more. (Though I am not entirely sure of the source, I think I’d be pretty good with $75K a year). Like Robinson Crusoe I also listened to the advice of my father before letting it go; the middle path shows safety and stability, and lacks the adventure and glamour of being a starving artist who moves up to become renowned and applauded. Or the adventure of being a seamen, I guess. I enjoy the fact that Robinson Crusoe went out of his way to do what he wanted, and that he kind of kept it under the radar until one day he jumped on his friend’s boat. I tended to do the same, for which now my father thinks that the only solution and salvation I have with an arts degree is a future career in law.
Robinson Crusoe after being handed what he wants he instantly regrets it and then pushes what regrets he had away. I thought this was interesting as I believe that people do these things. Some they regret but the course and where they are being taken is so interesting and in their grasp that they push whatever negative thoughts they had and focus on the now.