‘more boredom’

charles eisenstein points out that

  • Boredom is the beginning of the mind’s healing process. Like any withdrawal symptom, it is painful, but very soon latent, undeveloped abilities of the human mind start to manifest. Without diverging into a long discussion of the benefits of meditation, silence, and solitude in nature, suffice it to say that children and adults alike benefit from situations that provide the raw materials of creativity and models of creativity, but leave the process of creativity up to the individual.
  • This is also how people learn. The ability to learn constitutes yet another form of spiritual capital that has become grist for the money machine.
  • Boredom is a defining characteristic of modern society for another reason: It represents a hunger for authentic experience. The consumer economy takes advantage of this hunger by selling us artificial experiences, of greater and greater variety and intensity. Television and video games are attractive because they (temporarily) assuage our hunger for experience; yet at the same time they are a primary contributor to the separation from reality. Because they are more lurid, more dramatic, and louder than real life, real life becomes boring in comparison.
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3 Responses to ‘more boredom’

  1. Mary B says:

    Bravo Peter, I couldn’t have said it better. This is especially relevant with raising my kids…allowing them to be bored without falling into the pressure of finding them some distraction. xo

    • raising kids has got to be one of the hardest things, eh? we don’t need distractions, for kids or adults. i gave up drugs and hard liquor–i might have a beer on my birthday, and i drink coffee for social reasons–but i don’t need wheel of fortune.

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