is not to let yourself be bored. Or not…
“The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.”Arthur Schopenhauer
Don´t be misled however! I do believe that the ability to be bored is quite astounding! Just think about it: If human is bored the mind (brain and so forth) is forced to invent something to combat boredom. I guess all of you know the nagging feeling of boredom. There is always this pit waiting to swallow everything that stumbles too close.
At first, person gets this mental itch, the craving to do something. Imagine it in your mind as a figure helplessly clinging to the edge of a sinkhole, right before falling. To prevent the fall brain may do unspeakable things. Like invent!
“Eureka!” Archimedes may shout (or more recently pop-culture wise think Disney´s “Phineas and Ferb”). However, what if brain is unable to stop the fall? What if human is incapable of dealing with boredom? Being unable to find a spark that would force that feeling into deep pit where it belongs is horrible. It is the nothingness that is the scary part.
Being bored can lead to amazing discoveries/ inventions/ stories/ etc., but it could also result in depression and feelings of failure.
You may ask: “Why does he/she write about this?”
Because, I can ´t stop thinking about it.
Because, I am forcing myself not to think about it- and failing. 😀 Because, there is no way those ducks in the pond are not bored: swimming all day, even flying… it is dully repeated routine.
Which reminds me: I will walk, sit, speak, breathe all over again tomorrow. o.o !
Good luck everyone in fighting boredom 😉 /Stvora
When you pay attention to boredom it gets unbelievably interesting.Jon Kabat-Zinn