One of the common protests people make about the idea of living forever is they say they will get bored going on and on forever.
What is boredom? A description I’ve heard, that rings true for me, is that boredom is the “feeling” we get when we are suppressing our feelings more than at other times. Do we feel bored when we are feeling angry? Or sad? Nope.
Boredom is usually linked with having nothing to do, and the prescribed cure usually seems to be to get busy. But if boredom comes from suppressing feelings, the “getting busy” may quite likely be just a cover-up, and the feelings get even more buried. And we all know what suppressed, buried feelings do, don’t we! Read illness, addiction, depression, accidents…
Most of us would have times when we are not doing anything in particular, but we feel content and with-it… and not bored. To me this shows boredom isn’t really caused by being unoccupied.
Perhaps boredom gets lumped in with being idle because it is when we don’t have distractions that we are more likely to feel those “dangerous” feelings, and we quickly suppress them, leaving us with that good ol’ BORED feeling.
So what to do with boredom?
I find it can be interesting to deliberately allow myself to experience all my feelings if I notice I am feeling bored. Once the feelings start to flow, I definitely don’t feel bored. It’s certainly not dull. Whether the feelings are joy, fear, sadness, excitement or anger, the episode becomes a fascinating journey. Which may well lead to me realizing I need to say something or do something, to get something moving in my life that has been blocked.
Apart from the health benefits of feeling our feelings, being in touch with feelings and not being all blocked up leads to better connection with other people and greater creativity (just ask a songwriter!) All of which is conducive to wanting to live longer.
Another thing about boredom and living forever…
I reckon most people are interested enough in life to at least stay around till the next day. So why wouldn’t it always be like that? Assuming we will develop the ability to stay young and healthy (that’s another topic!), why wouldn’t we actually experience an ever INCREASING interest in being alive the next day?
I’d love to hear what you think about this. – Robin
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