Treat boredom as if it were… Exciting!

And it will be the exordium of something dazzling

Miguel Álvarez
Oct 31, 2018 · 7 min read
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Boredom is a preamble

“We are very used to being passively entertained,” he says. “We have changed our understanding of the human condition to a basin that needs to be filled”. And like an addiction, “… we need another hit to remain at the same level of satisfaction”.

“The emotions are there to help us react, register and regulate our response to the stimulus of our environment,” he says. Boredom, therefore, can be a kind of early warning system. “Generally we don’t take it as a warning, but children do, they badger you to get out of the situation”.

The science (and the danger!) of boredom

“Boredom was the most frequent and intense emotion experienced by students,” Goetz wrote, “much more intense than pleasure, anxiety, or anger.”

“In a survey conducted in 2003, American teens who said they were often bored, were 50% more likely than their less often bored peers to smoke, drink and use illegal drugs”.

Recent scientific research has found that getting easily bored indicates an increased risk of depression, anxiety disorders, gambling addictions, eating disorders, aggression and other psychosocial problems. And if you’re still not scared, add two and a half times more likely to die from heart disease. This last one according to a 2010 study.

Boredom → Creative genius

“Boredom motivates the search for a new goal when the current goal is no longer satisfactory, attractive, or meaningful to you”.

“… acts as a regulatory state that keeps each one’s projects online. In the absence of boredom, one could remain trapped in frustrating situations and many rewarding emotional, cognitive and social experiences are lost. Boredom is at the same time a warning that we are not doing what we want to be doing and a ‘push’ that motivates us to change objectives and projects. You could say that boredom is an incubator of brilliance. It’s the dirty, uncomfortable, confusing, frustrating place that one has to occupy for a while until we come up with the winning equation or formula”.

The philosophy of boredom

“The most general survey shows us that the two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom. We may go further, and say that in the degree in which we are fortunate enough to get away from one, we approach the other. Life presents, in fact, a more or less violent oscillation between the two.

The reason for this is that each of these two poles stands in a double antagonism to the other, external or objective, and inner or subjective. Needy surroundings and poverty produce pain; while, if a man is more than well off, he is bored. Accordingly, while the lower classes are engaged in a ceaseless struggle with need, in other words, with pain, the upper carry on a constant and often desperate battle with boredom.”

“The aesthetics of wabi-sabi opens our eyes to everyday life and gives us a method to handle what is common in an unusual and harmonious way.”

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