Questions that matter

All man’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone".  Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. Truly a multi-faceted man; read more on the Web here.  Maybe philosophers are better than anyone else at sitting alone in quiet rooms (I suppose it is part of their job description). They read something; think about it while they stare out of windows. Perhaps there is a bit of finger-drumming or earlobe-pulling involved? Doing nothing is a kind of nightmare for most of us.  When we have no distractions, phones or iPads or books to read – we tend to fall into boredom very quickly. That for some of us hurts. This is an interesting issue, which doesn’t get much attention these days.  Some speculate that boredom is living in raw time, i.e. being in the moment, and feeling the full weight of mortality and the horrible passage of time.

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