Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 2 months ago

Doesn't boredom prove that life has no intrinsic meaning?

And, as a result, prove that we have to assign meaning to our lives?

If life had intrinsic meaning, we should never be bored. We should intrinsically feel fulfilled.

But we have to find something to do to feel fulfilled, because we have to assign meaning to our lives.


"only low i.q. individuals become bored. intelligent people always find something to do"

If you had a higher iq for reading comprehension, you might've understood that I'm asking about the fact that we have to "find something to do" in the first place 🧐

Update 2:

"boredom is an indication of unrealised intellectual potential. Fulfillment requires effort to exceed ability as a goal."

You're just saying what I'm saying... Since you have to work for it, meaning is not inherent...

19 Answers

  • 2 months ago

    You should read the Bible. Most Apostles in the New Testament was following Jesus due to boredom in their lives.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Boredom is a disease of civilization. It just proves that you are too cut off from nature. We have been too conditioned by the constant fast-paced stimulation of our technology-driven lives and when there is a lag in that stimulation we can’t deal with it. If you go into the woods with a backpack and a tent and spend a few days there your internal clock starts to slow down and all that distracting static and chatter cease to exist. If you left your incredibly addictive cellphone in your car pretty soon you won’t miss it. A book might be all that you really need at night while lying in your tent, Preparing for sleep. Or maybe you listen to the sounds of nature around you..Yes you might have to go through a period of technology withdrawal but after a while it gets easier.

    It’s more of a Zen-like experience. It can be very enjoyable but it’s not boring. Not if you are attuned to it properly. Think about sitting around a campfire in the dark...No TV no video no artificial lighting... when you were younger, or even now that you’re older, and how you don’t really need anything else to feel relaxed and at peace. Watching the flames flickering enjoying some relaxed conversation with the other people there, sharing some stories, but nobody is really bored. Technology sometimes makes promises that it can’t fulfill. The simple life can often be jmore satisfying and fulfilling.

  • Git
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    In Taoism, there is a passage that goes:

    "All in the world know the beauty of the beautiful, and in doing this they have an idea of what ugliness is; they all know the skill of the skilful, and in doing this they have an idea of what the lack of skill is.

    So it is that existence and non-existence give birth the one to the idea of the other; that difficulty and ease produce the one the idea of the other; that length and shortness fashion out the one the figure of the other; that the ideas of height and lowness arise from the contrast of the one with the other; that the musical notes and tones become harmonious through the relation of one with another; and that being before and behind give the idea of one following another."

    In short:

    Without black, there is no idea of white. 

    Without bitterness, there is no sweetness. 

    Without sadness, there is no concept of happiness.

    Without rest, there is no energy to work.

    Without boredom, there is no degree of excitement. 

    All things are a contrast between one side with its opposite. How much grey is there depends on the amount of black to the amount of white. The contrast give meaning to life.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

     Boredom does prove our minds are really truly flawed zxjq

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  • JOHN B
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    Boredom is laziness, lack of ambition, lack of drive, lack of interest. It's why I'm typing this answer right now.

  • Koo
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    No, boredom is an indication of unrealised intellectual potential. Fulfillment requires effort to exceed ability as a goal.


  • j153e
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Boredom indicates the soulfield is denuded of certain vitality and perforce cannot view beyond the vanity of this world to the Reality of the next.

    An upside to this syndrome is that the individual is on the borderline.  Whether he or she is able to come up higher depends in part on the enjoyment found in the worldly.

    Love of God is perhaps more valuable than a stellar iq, and the true is more easily encountered.

    A general discussion is given in "Understanding Yourself" by Mark Prophet, and "The people of the Lie" by M. Scott Peck.

  • Ko
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    That proved human beings had made something wrong. It means we are not in tune with our existence.

  • ?
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    boredom is the product of intelligence. Nothing to do with particular levels of I.Q. or the ability to find something to do, but rather our level of intelligence as a species. Dolphins, elephants, wolves all get bored, because they are smart enough to survive efficiently enough to have extra time left over. 

    Low or high IQ individuals are capable of going to a shop and purchasing food in minutes. Which means if we work 8 hours a day, sleep 8 hours, and shop for 2 hours, we have 6 alert hours in the day with nothing do to. Ancestrally, and in nature, this time might be used to hone survival skills, but how do you hone shopping skills? Our instinct is to turn to PS5 games and simulate hunting/survival situations, real or imaginary. It's just our nature. 

  • EddieJ
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    Nothing proves that life has no intrinsic meaning, but there is no evidence that life has intrinsic meaning.

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