In the country of Annulus there is a large community of professional plate spinners. These talented individuals can go about their daily activities while constantly spinning as many as five heavy dinner plates. This communicated to themselves and all who saw them that one could accomplish so much more if enough focus and effort was applied to the skill of multitasking.
These spinners traveled the country in carnivals and harvest festivals to display their incredible skills. At some of these events the spinners would host classes and give seminars on how to become a plate spinner.
All was well, and many throughout the country learned this wonderful skill which enhanced efficiency. Then, as time passed, plates were created much lighter and smaller. The plate spinners began to break new ground by spinning more plates than anyone ever had. The joy of spinning was disappearing and a frantic sense of addition and maximization was creeping into the hearts of all the spinners.
When one would reach the very edge of their ability, then add just one plate more, the obvious happened- all the plates tumbled down. Plates they had spun since early childhood had fallen. It was devastating to the spinners, but instead of considering the cause, they quickly filled their arms with as many or more plates as before because. Stillness had become unbearable, almost an unnatural thing.
The habit of spinning had overtaken their reason. Attempting the impossible is often unwise and though they continued to apply themselves to this new standard of mega plate spinning, the plates continued to fall at the slightest breeze or smallest stone in their path.
Each time the plates fell it was traumatic to that spinner, but, over time, as they experienced more and more traumatic moments a numbness developed. Their ancestors spun fewer but larger, heavier plates than they had, but always maintained a sense of rest and joy. This generation had almost forgotten what rest felt like.
Things seem bleak for this generation but there is hope on the horizon. A movement has arisen within it- moderation. Its followers seek rest and joy, not continual striving. These few are fighting the strong current of popular opinion. Doing less is not always easy. The example of their lives will prove if their philosophy of moderation is possible and beneficial in this day and age.