Get yourself a prescription to nature. It'll improve your mental and physical health. That's according to doctors in Scotland who are recommending that people in the Shetland Islands get outside.
The program outlines a recommended outside activity per month. For instance, in January you can create a windsock to grasp the full power of the wind. In March, one can “borrow a dog and take it for a walk.”
We belong in the wild, unmoored from the tyranny of our seats. When we disconnect and move outside, we connect with terra firma and reconnect with ourselves. Take your body and thoughts for a walk.
Never bored, always on, perpetually entertained. That describes the 21st-century in a nutshell.
We medicate all our boredom, stresses, and frustrations to external stimuli on a tiny screen. All an Instagram like does is produce a temporary shot of dopamine. All Facebook does is serve our voyeuristic inclinations and spike envy. Does this behavior sound healthy to you?
I'm not imploring you that you throw your phone into the ocean, at least just yet. Having the internet in our pocket is the best thing ever. Just ask David Bowie.
But the long-term consequences of feed-based culture are not only narcissism but also feigned action. One can't start an important and impactful revolution through a sedentary nor solitary lifestyle. We have to use our legs to go places, to stretch our perspective, and unplug ourselves from the tyranny of virtual attention.
If you are immune to boredom there is nothing you cannot accomplish.
David Foster Wallace
Humans crave light, albeit more artificial these days. If we could just pay attention to real life beyond the rectangular glow and stare into sunsets and bright moons instead, perhaps we'd feel even more connected to our conscious selves.
Mull over why you're happy and you may cease feeling so.
The process of getting stuck and unstuck originates from the same internal wiring. The unexpected unwanted variable always stings with a force of awareness. Now try this:
Here’s an interesting trick to try: let your arm dangle but continue to think about swinging it in a controlled way without actually doing it. You will notice that your arm does not dangle as freely. You really do have to let the associated mind states go, a trick many uptight people never learn, which makes them poor learners overall. If you can’t let go, an instructional process cannot take over.
It’s as if people hold back their inquisitiveness to avoid the pedestal of ridicule. Shying away from raising your hand backlashes over time. Playing it safe merely postpones fear, submerging us into a habit of permanent hesitation that flinches instead of flourishes.
The infinitely curious never left school as an efficient automaton but a creative enforcer. An true explorer of the world calls on themselves to challenge the status quo if only to understand why certain conditions and fixed truths exist in the first place.
Questions are triggers for experiences. It is the inertia of others that presents an opportunity to keep pushing forward.
The point of philosophy is to raise more questions than provide answers. The subject is a fodder for thinking.
Despite its opacity, philosophy is measurable. It’s an instrument for producing ideas in a sea of sameness. It bubbles with countless abstractions to raise clarity in the gray spaces.
Unlike Google, don’t expect philosophy to diagnose the latest quandary. It’s merely the thread, a canvass for connecting many disparate things into adjacent light. It is in a constant state of beginning with no end in sight.
The game is in our heads, not always in our hands. Like a skilled attuner we can produce ideas in a Ford production line and then pull back into idleness.
If you look at Maslow’s Hierarchy, we already have everything we need. The only missing variable is motivation and perhaps some WiFi.
We know nothing and then we accumulate slowly. It is within that process we decide the frequency of knowledge and how we should apply it. Life is an experiment that requires multiple tests, not just multiple choice.