We're Afraid of Boredom

In the modern world, we bear an almost pathological fear of boredom. Moreover, it's so subtle and insidious that it's nearly invisible to our fractured attention.

When was the last time you waited in line, and did nothing? When was the last time you enojyed a block of free time without checking your smartphone or flipping on the TV?

I once heard someone say that we avoid boredom because boredom forces us to confront the harsh realities of life - chief of which is our impending death. Thus, we endlessly distract ourselves in the facile world of emojis, slickly-packaged dramas and constant, shallow online interactions.

Of course, there is a psychic debt to anything that seems too good to be true. Before we realize it, half our lives had ticked past, which makes reality an even harder pill to swallow, and renders distractions an even sweeter refuge to escape to.

Stop avoiding boredom. Face it, sit with it, let it hit you in the face and sink into your soul. Eventually, the boredom will give way to deep inner peace and true insights.

Seah Ying Cong

Old soul in an older body.

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