Is it time for everything to get smaller?

I wonder if all of our institutions are becoming not just too big to fail but too big to function?    Universities can’t just provide an education – they have to provide “an experience.”  The library can’t just loan books – it has to offer a carnival of entertainment.    The zoo can’t just showcase interesting animals – it has to offer a hotel and a convention center.   The radio-talk show has to have a blog, and sponsor events, a music play list, and … who knows, probably do your kids birthday party.   Nothing can be a small itself.     Everything has to be blown up like a giant hot-air balloon. Well, hot air balloons take a lot of energy.    To paraphrase a fantastic saying I just heard from a very wise man — if you actually don’t want to do anything, do everything badly.

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