I’ve written on the value of silence and stillness before. Silence is golden and stillness is all about a sense of calm in the midst of chaos around a person or society.
There’s another blogger I follow who wrote about this from a different perspective. They wrote about the value of boredom:
Boredom is considered a very bad thing in our western society nowadays. We demand to be entertained continuously. I guess people are afraid of getting sucked into a void if they do not feed some signals to their brain, non stop. Now everybody carries a source of endless irritation in their pocket. We have the option never to grow bored, to never pause, and we happily accept it!
What does that do to us as people, to our culture, to our social abilities, to our learning?
The author goes on to talk about the value of boredom – that it is the source and motivation for the brain to create. Or better put:
If we were not scared of the void, the brain would get bored, yes, but after a while, it would start creating its own signals. Digging your forgotten memories and linking weird things together. We really should give the fat blobber some time to think. That is essentially what it is made for! I am afraid, people are getting dumber, since we do not force our brains to work through the quiet moments. Its ability to create and invent might be deteriorating, since we have reduced it from a super computer into a memory storage, big one yes, but nothing much more.
Maybe we all should take a moment. Stare at a wall and see where our thoughts bring us. Shut down our phones and laptops and get bored. Give the brains a change to do something for themselves.
When is the last time you just sat, without being entertained? Without constant stimulation?
What about in your car? When is the last time you just drove, without anything on and alone?