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The Consequences of ‘Never a Dull Moment’

Collectively, we have an issue with boredom.

I would argue that millennials are the last generation to experience boredom on a regular basis, but maybe some of the older members of Gen Z would insist they did too. What is that going to do to human experience? I notice fewer people make eye contact with me anymore and sometimes the people that do are the creepiest ones. We know less about each other because we can just look up the information we need on the internet where we exchange information devoid of any human connection.

We do have the ability to build communities around this exchange of information. The key is that we still have to build trust, which still takes time. That time is an investment since we value time so much. That is why boredom has been banished to the barron tundra. Boredom means we aren’t being productive and using our time wisely. So that which we experience beyond boredom, that deep appreciation for the present moment, may never be known by generations growing up now.

Beyond boredom is something a lot of us may not even remember because its been so long since we experienced it ourselves. Its the blissful place we knew as children. Before there were bills and responsibilities, there were moments when we had nothing to do. It wasn’t usually long before we figured out something to do, but it was from a creative flow state that we decided. We probably felt down into the body to determine what the next move should be. As adults, we’ve learned to think about what our next move should be without even considering how our bodies are feeling. The bored moments were times when we would reconnect with our intuition.

If I had to guess, my hypothesis is that people will begin to trust their intuition less, will need to be instructed more, and will ultimately give away freedoms for security (oh wait, that may have already happened). Security in decisions being made for them and protection being provided. Only those that are willing to rely on themselves are going to like this idea of using intuition for decision making. For some, that responsibility is terrifying. Is that because they want someone else to blame if things get hairy?

Originally written in Collective Journaling at The Stoa

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