The Geography of Bliss-Fair Isle, Shetland
Here we are on this island, reconstructing our solitude, of being on our own, in the form of pictures and video and a few sentences…Don’t you ever get bored….you may ask, and I can tell you Yes, after all, waiting for nothing to happen next can be boring.
Boredom has never enjoyed an admirable reputation. we tend to treat boredom as a handicap and to deny it as an opportunity, With 24/7 on demand media, always on always available, we seldom have the chance to be purely bored.
As fast as the new is experienced… it is liable to become boring. The new becomes a variant of the infinite. It recedes infinitely.
This is the cultural pathology of our time: If we stopped doing what we do, we might not know who we are. As I’ve reflected before, to cultivate the art of presence in the age of productivity is no easy feat. Being on this remote island makes things easier- there are no bars, coffee shops or shopping opportunities.
The most transfixing aspect of boredom —is its relationship with time It’s the opposite of flow, that a state of intense focus you enter whilst absorbed in an enthralling task, when you lose track of time. When you are bored, you wait for something to happen, but you don’t know what it is.
If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving you don’t actually live longer, it just seems longer. Live and let live-when you realize you are gonna die someday, you also realize the tremendousness of the future. You fall in love with a Time you will never perceive
The meaningful is the opposite of the trivial. The only way to glean knowledge is contemplation, and the road to that is time. There’s nothing else. It’s just time. There is no shortcut for the conquest of meaning. And ultimately, it is meaning that we seek to give to our lives.
A REPRINT FROM THE WAYBACK TIME MACHINE and The Year 2013:
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"That is what we are supposed to do when we are at our best – make it all up – but make it up so truly that later it will happen" Ernest Hemingway
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