I wish you all a lot of boredom

I am sitting in front of thPlaceholder ImageI am sitting in front of the blank screen, thinking about writing. It has been like this for the last 2 days but, all of a sudden, my mind has become as blank as this screen. No words, no images, no thoughts… nothing but a quite peaceful emptiness! Only one questions kept on lingering: what to write? What to write?

This is the experience of everyone of us, the experience of the missing word. And we can’t stand silence easily for it makes us unease. With social media in reach, media, news, explosions, celebrations, discussions, debates, loads of writing and posting, the world is talkative and noisy, too exposed and too exposing. Where one is forced to give an opinion, to protest, to cry, to laugh, to ask, to answer, to speak..is where silence is unbearable! For silence is the luxury of boredom!

Boredom is troublesome because it makes our mind wander. Martin Heidegger pointed out that boredom makes us reach the being! In a more simple language, boredom makes us think about the core, about the substantial: life, love, movements, actions, feelings, death, loved ones, hate, beauty, ugliness, freedom, justice, sex…. Boredom makes us think about the existence… about the being!

I wish you all a lot of boredom!

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6 thoughts on “I wish you all a lot of boredom

  1. “Boredom is troublesome because it makes our mind wander. ”
    “Boredom makes us think about the existence… about the being!”

    Yes. An altered state of consciousness; meditative, associative.

    As a programmer I need to develop ideas for any problem that people throw at me, as fast as possible – because time that I lose in the beginning will be missing in the end.

    So my technique for overcoming writers block is to write down EVERYTHING in long nested lists. (Use an outliner. Look at Wittgenstein’s TRACTATUS which is such a huge nested list. A simple outliner: Use notepad++ , call your file xxx.py ; notepad++ will then allow you to fold indented text. Example
    -What should I do
    -go swimming
    -clean the kitchen
    -clean the floor
    -clean the windows
    -go shopping
    The imported thing is that subsections can be folded at will. Making LOOONG lists manageable.

    There are other structures I use (and might publish programs for that); but this is the simplest one. You will find that working with such a structure brings forth endless associations and turns a meditative flow of ideas into something that can later be exploited.

    (Also, outlining allows to push blocks deeper into the hierarchy if they are identified as less relevant; in the case of my notepad++ application, by indenting a block more…)

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  2. Well unfortunately wordpress removed the indentations from my example list… try again…
    -What should I do
    –go swimming
    –clean the kitchen
    —clean the floor
    —clean the windows
    -go shopping

    In notepad++, use spaces or tabs instead.

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