How much do I want to read more? 6/10
Right now it's not the book I'm excited to read about.
The main topic here is more about creativity, inspiration.
Why feeling bored might be more important than being bombarded with distractions and instant gratifications.
INTRODUCTION - The Case for Boredom
We may feel like we are doing very little when we endlessly fold laundry, but our brains are actually hard at work. When our minds wander, we activate something called the “default mode,” the mental place where we solve problems and generate our best ideas, and engage in what’s known as “autobiographical planning,” which is how we make sense of our world and our lives and set future goals. The default mode is also involved in how we try to understand and empathize with other people, and make moral judgments.
When we let ourselves space out and our minds wander, we do our most original thinking and problem solving; without distraction, your mind can go to some interesting and unexpected places. Creativity—no matter how you define or apply it—needs a push, and boredom, which allows new and different connections to form in our brain, is a most effective muse. It’s what the futurist Rita King calls “the tedium of creativity.”
“The mistake a lot of people make is to assume the euphoria of an idea is going to persist all the way through the countless little steps that need to happen before the idea becomes real,” she says. “Many lose heart or momentum because those little tiny things that have to get done are so dull.”
“In a very deep way, there’s a close link between originality and creativity and the spontaneous thoughts we generate when our minds are idle.” In other words, you have to let yourself be bored to be brilliant.
1 - What We Talk About When We Talk About Boredom
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” and boredom by any other name is, well, just as boring.
Søren Kierkegaard, who preferred the word “idle” to “bored,” believed it was a central state of being in that “everyone who lacks a sense of it thereby shows that he has not raised himself to the human level.”
“Scientifically, daydreaming is an interesting phenomenon because it speaks to the capacity that people have to create thought in a pure way rather than thought happening when it’s a response to events in the outside world,”
Spacing out is so important to us as a species that “it could be at the crux of what makes humans different from less complicated animals.”