Wednesday, May 31, 2006


I've been bored lately. I've had my own philosophy of boredom in the past, but I haven't thought about it in a while.

Basically, people don't like being bored, and this causes us to seek to not be bored. People do this in various ways; some by playing silly games, like solitaire, others by reading and increasing the knowledge they have in order to use it for the good of mankind. So why do we not want to be bored? What is so bad about sitting and doing absolutely nothing? I mean, in my own experience, having absolutely nothing to do is torturous. If our goal in life was simply to exist, to survive, this wouldn't be such a horrible experience; however we have this incredible desire to entertain ourselves, or be entertained. Or maybe we simply want time to go faster, so we don't have to spend as much time doing nothing. But ultimately, this is so we will reach a time where we'll have something to do, something enjoyable.. entertainment.

Although entertainment is what we seem to seek; it can't possibly be our main goal, since in and of itself it serves no purpose other than to cause us pleasure. So, there must be something else we seek, something that must also cause us pleasure, but also serves some higher purpose. If you're a Christian, then you believe that man's purpose is to know and love God and to live in eternal bliss worshipping Him in heaven. This seems to fit with what we're looking for, because it serves a higher purpose, serving the Almighty. And it causes us, or should cause us, immense pleasure.

So there we go, but it's more complicated isn't it.


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