By voluntarily inflicting pain on oneself the experience becomes personal and engaging, it drags an individual into a realm of discomfort to emerge with additional attributes. When in the hands of physical hurt it links the mind back to the primitive psyche, it enables us to temporarily drop thought of self to be immersed in a moment, albeit an uncomfortable one.
The tribalistic nature of politics has divided the community by shifting focus to which team is winning rather than the substance residing in policy. This divide creates a loyal fan base for political heads who irritate and console for their own benefit. Strapped with rhetoric and skewed facts, these orators accrue additional power by exploiting societal fractures.
When one learns to temporarily strip themselves of individuality they can gain a more objective view of the human condition, to acknowledge the enormous spectrum of emotion faced during existence is what connects us to our fellow sapiens
The greats remain alive in their work and allow the trivialities of modern life to be seen naked, if one spends less time compulsively scanning a screen and more developing the skill of reading the heat of intellect will grant warmth in a world gone cold.
It cannot be said that seeking comfort is innately wrong as animals too pursue the pleasure of coziness, however, it is the excess of it engendering a generation who are weaker, softer, fatter, angrier and more anxious than those previous.
Although the field is where events take place the real essence of sport is found amongst fans. It’s not really about the colours or scoreboard or athletes, but the personal connection it evokes within seemingly different individuals, and how these modern tribes shape the lives of followers.
Instead of buying into this banal version of an adult, perhaps the most mature among us are those who act immature when applicable and become astute when required. A human functioning this way exhibits unison between the inner-child and the adult self, the union reflected in a gregarious and capable disposition.
If in the West the gods still had human temperaments potentially more people could better relate to religion and improve the spiritual aspect of society, reconnecting people with the mysticism underpinning the human experience.
Personalization spawning from intelligent machines has created a tint in people’s perception where anything not immediately concerning to them is superfluous; and as the signs of global civilization’s decline are increasingly lucid, the masses aren’t seeing the thin layer separating survival from catastrophe.
When reducing life to its basic elements an individual also renders themselves ineligible to live extraordinarily, the common image presented being the simple life doesn’t allow people to reach for the stars; but what does this matter to the person who is already gratified with their life?