Apparently not very related, the concepts of energy, boredom and addiction are very much connected indeed. So friends, gather round and listen up .
An unlimited limited source of energy
Wait, what do you mean “unlimited limited”?
At any given moment, you have a limited amount of energy. You may have the energy to walk a mile, or to work for eight hours straight, or just for one hour. Or you may barely have enough energy to get to bed and fall asleep. Either way, you cannot work indefinitely, or walk indefinitely etc – you’ll run out of energy. So, for all practical purposes, your energy at any given moment is limited.
However, after a few hours of sleep, or after eating some fruit, your energy returns. You have a virtually unlimited supply of energy at your disposal. Because you can refill, you will never run out of energy completely. That means that for all practical purposes, your energy is unlimited.
It would be more correct to say that at any moment you have energy flowing through your life. You take your energy from food, sleep, music, being around someone, doing certain activities. Then you channel this energy towards other activities. You walk, you work, you play football etc. You take energy from somewhere and channel it elsewhere. It is accurate to say that energy flows through you.
It will sometimes happen that you have too much energy, and you’re unable to channel it to some activity quickly enough. This creates the feeling of boredom. When you're bored, you're an energy bottleneck. Instead of flowing through you, the energy is stuck. You cannot sit in one place, you feel the urge to “do something”, or to “have fun”, or to “get out” etc. You are bored. You have energy in excess.
Where boredom goes, addiction follows. How come? The excess energy (boredom) needs an outlet. It cannot stay in you for long. You are bored. So you turn on your computer or console and play some video game (WoW? ). You channel your excess energy to your video game. No more excess energy. No more boredom. Problem solved. Game addict!Or you turn on the TV and let it suck your energy. Problem solved. TV addict! Or you go gambling. Addict! Or drink. Or smoke. Addict! Or have sex (with your hand :p or your partner). Addict! Or work. Workaholic! Addict! Etc. Addict!
As a living being, energy flows through you. It comes from some activities and goes to other activities. Any activity has a degree of addiction to it. As a living being, you are an addict.
Yeah, yeah, so everything is an “addiction”, so what?
An addiction is simply an outlet for your energy. You have unlimited energy, and an addiction can suck an unlimited amount of energy from you. It will suck all the energy you put into it. It is a bottomless sack, which you can never fill. Your addiction will literally suck all your energy, if you allow it.
Some people know exactly which their addiction is (the most common are enumerated in the above section). Others don’t, and they’ll say they aren’t addicted to anything. Here’s a trick that will take you one step closer to happiness.
Every time you do something, ask yourself: is this channel worthy of my energy?
All day long, all the time, ask yourself this question. Whatever you do, it will take energy from you. When you sit in your video gaming chair, ask yourself: “Is this game worthy of my energy?” When you light your cigarette or fill your glass, ask yourself: “Could I find a better outlet for my energy?” When you turn the energy sucking TV on, ask yourself: “Is my energy going where I want it to go?” Whatever you want to start doing, ask yourself: “Could I possibly find a better outlet for my energy? Am I ashamed for channeling my energy this way? Do I feel uncomfortable when people bring up this addiction? My energy is precious – is this activity worthy? F**k it! Enough!”
Drug industry (all kinds of drugs) exploits people’s incapacity of finding suitable energy outlets. Entertainment is another industry that does the same, perhaps on a much larger scale.Entertain me! Waste my time! Drain my energy so that I can continue to pretend!
It’s up to you to decide which channels are worthy of your energy, and to allocate your energy to your desired channels, while disconnecting from the others.