The realm of the real spirit, the true artist, the saint, the philosopher, is rarely achieved. Why so few? Why is world history and evolution not stories of progress, rather this endless and futile addition of zeros?
The answer to that can be found in another question, and that’s this: which is the most universal human characteristic: fear or laziness?
That is my question. it really rings true however i look at it.
here’s a brilliant post by someone, exactly what i want to say:
and this is why i love physical activity so much, like running and working out and pushing the limits — its like instant gratification. Because right now i admit i dont do shit in life, and therefore am equal to that chimpanzee he talks about in the above video^^, i need to at least test my physical abilities.
and deep inside it may be the same reason for all the ongoing problems that we are realising we have with money, and our economy and the flawed way we run things around here, and yet we wont change till the last minute. until we are forced to. and half of us must hve perished by then. i think by 2050 or something. pfft.
what do you think about the above original post?
yeah it looks like fear has 2 sides, the one that lets you do stuff or the one that inhibits you from doing anything because you fear what the result maybe? and fear of change — i take it as (on a personal level) fear of losing oneself or the direction we set for ourselves; that can be a motivator too.
and maybe to some extent it is fear that makes us lazy? fear and uncertainity of our future makes us either active or complacent…
True, fear is known for causing people, and animals, to freeze up. This may not only be for a few moments but life times. With laziness, I think it is rarer than we think, what we call lazy is simply because we do not see someone as making a meaningful contribution, but it is more that they are not interested or motivated toward constructive ends. I have seen drug addicts, never done a days work in their lives, go to extraordinary lengths for a fix, things heaps of people aren’t even physically capable of, and they do it all the time.
There are no lazy people or motivated people. Before doing anything, you first have to prepare, get ready for it, then time it and don’t care if you lose when more other people win. The human nature is like this. You can do “shit” or don’t do “shit”, you’ll always finish something that wasn’t important for somebody else. And the most important thing is that whatever your achievements are, they are only yours and you can do whatever you like with them. As long as you don’t go deep into thinking about it.
So you have to choose how to direct the eventual results, before they happen. But I only think this way, because there is nothing unimaginable. I might as well test my physical abilities while being a guinea pig for lab experiments. Or go into random fights. But that’s not very clever for a risk. All that matters is health and humans have instincts for survival. The only fear should be of not surviving.
Whatever changes we make with what we do, the people who aren’t already born are going to ask why we need changes and what the fuck is going on. Like every normal curious child.
So I’d rather be a healthy chimpanzee which smokes, drinks, wears sunglasses and a hat.
@vishnu, just finished reading this http://www.sosuave.net/forum/showthread.php?t=47873
It’s really great. Thanks for sharing
I think fear and laziness are the same thing. Basically, I think we have fear and we have joy, and everything else is just a degree of one or the other. Fear is ego based, self preservation gone awry. Joy is soul based, and the more in touch with our soul/spirit/mind/whatever-you-call-it we are, the closer to joy we are. The ego is I-centric, so it feels alone. The soul is we-centric, it feels the connection to everything/everyone else and knows it is part of the whole. The more power we give the ego, the more we need to protect the ‘I’, the less likely we are to make any effort.
Personally, I think the most universal human characteristic is curiosity, and it is that which motivates us to overcome fear and seek joy.