I have always liked technical ideas which incorporate adapting abilities in them. And this particluar idea in Signal Processing called the Companding (Compress- Expand) is one of those intelligent concepts which symbolises adaptation.
While in Signal Processing it is about increasing and reducing resolution of the quantisation levels after the sampling process (ignore if you don’t get the technical idea, else read it up here) , it is something that ought to make a lot more sense to our lives and the way we prioritise things.
Assigning appropriate priorities in an adaptive manner is quintessential to the smooth and efficient functioning of our lives, which are in fact rare opportunities, for, having bestowed with conscious human life in a low probability game of Mother nature. While whiling away each moment would amount to treason towards her, adapting and making the best of our time is the only sane thing to do.
And adapting not in terms of altering one’s abilities, but in terms of scheduling priorities to suit our state of mind, in order to allow for the flow of energy encapsulated as skillful efforts is sensible. Failure at this adaptation and getting entangled in the web of remorse or moroseness is the highest order of sedition, firstly towards oneself and more importantly towards Mother Nature.
The notion of companding applies really well when a particular high priority doesn’t seem to be working out, or when it is causing friction; compressing its importance by reducing efforts on that, and expanding another important priority by investing more efforts would satiate the self, and balance the Universe as a whole.