I wonder what would happen if I merely observed the world instead of trying so damn hard to participate all the time. How long could I do that without an overwhelming sense of uselessness, pointlessness, embarrassment?

I suspect I'd fail miserably at such an experiment, and probably in a matter of days. While I believe in being fully engaged in the world around us, I'm not entirely bursting with pride that I couldn't approach life in a different way.