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IDLENESS IS HAZARDOUS
“Were it not for the leaping and twinkling of the soul, man would rot away in his greatest passion, idleness.”-Carl Jung, The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious
The modern world offers us everything we could ever want. There is no need to struggle, no need to strain, no need to strive while a world of convenience is a single swipe away. But rather than using this technological edge to our advantage, we wallow in lethargy. We let the world go by as we scroll down the screen, exchanging our precious time for a convenient but hazardous idleness.
This is never a fair trade.
We become bored and passive. We lose the energy of today in the hopes that it will be used tomorrow, sacrificing the present for a future that may never come. We look toward the screen, hoping for readymade answers, hoping to find some meaning or quest, a crusade of our being. Surely, we will find something to put our energy toward. Why not? There is always something trending. There must be some opportunity for us out there. If only we can wait it out and remain idle until that sweet and golden opportunity arrives, then the idleness will be transformed into action.
Most end up disappointed.
“Boredom, passivity, stagnation: these are the beginning of mental illness, which propagates itself like the scum on a stagnant pond.” -Colin Wilson
We wait and the world moves on. Left to our devices, the mind wanders. We compare ourselves to others, to the strangers that we will never meet. We compare our original ideas to what is currently available, wondering if there is room for us in a crowded and noisy world. We evaluate ourselves, hoping to emulate what we deem “successful” in a world where we don’t realize that it is US who define our own success, not others.
Idleness is not something to be celebrated nor should one aspire to arrive at such a state. Laying on the beach may be relaxing for a week of vacation, but not for existence. We were made for greatness, to overcome obstacles, to break through barriers, to be something much more than what we are currently.
We were made for adventure!
Understand that idleness saps the soul, but the action of adventure provides the catalyst for action and greatness. This catalyst begins small, even marginal in the grand scheme of things. However, the greatest adventures often stem from the smallest beginnings, just as the tallest of trees begins life as nothing more than a tiny seed.
We cannot afford to remain idle, especially because the true adventure awaits. Not to some far-off land that pops up on your social media, but the adventure within. We all possess some inner desire that needs to be externally realized.
Deep within the abyss of the soul, far beneath the bone and blubber, is a small kernel. A seed that must be discovered and cultivated. Now some people, recognizing this innate quality, but lacking the ability to work hard for this potential growth and prosperity, spend their lives looking for the easy way out. They search for courses and classes that promise them wealth and prosperity. Or they spend their time shopping for clothing and other material goods that will give them the title of greatness, the aura of success. This is silly and because of this silliness, they remain mediocre. Greatness cannot be added to the cart and mailed to us with same day shipping. It cannot be learned from a get rich quick course. It can only come from pursuing what is within. Thus, the multitude fail to locate greatness. Yet it is there, always there. It is within the individual, within you. It is waiting for us to make the adventure within!
“If you’re not haunted by something, as by a dream, a vision, or a memory, which are involuntary, you’re not interested or even involved.”-Jack Kerouac
AN ADVENTURE INTO THE UNKNOWN
“The adventure of the hero is the adventure of being alive.”-Joseph Campbell
For as long as our species has existed, we have looked to the horizon with curiosity, wonder, and fear. We have traveled vast distances into the unknown. From the depths of the sea to the stars in the sky, we have a yearning for adventure.
But in the modern world, where adventure has been replaced with monotony and safety, what is our answer to this yearning?
Silence. The silence that in turn provides us with safety. The silence that leads to submission and conformity. This self-silencing is universally practiced and universally accepted.
Many of us ignore the yearning for adventure. We quench it with excuses. We dull it with distractions. We silence it with social media. We put it to sleep with shopping. We do not want a call that may take us on an odyssey of self-transformation when an odyssey to the mall is so much more convenient, safe, and appealing. We do not want to ruffle feathers or take a step outside of the comfort zone because that step may be tragic.
This is mentally dangerous and no way to live!
“In order to become strong and to remain strong, man has to learn to overcome resistances, to face challenges, and to test himself again and again. Luxury causes mental and physical atrophy.”-Dr. Joost A. M Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind
Despite all of the distractions and the dulling of the call, despite lulling yourself into sleep, sooner or later, the call bubbles up again. Subconsciously at first. Until it consumes us. Until it envelopes our thoughts to the point that we cannot dull it. We cannot ignore it. We see it everywhere. We feel it within our every move. For some, it is too late to act. But for the intrepid among us?
The executors of action?
The pilgrims of purpose?
They answer it.
They seize upon it, leaving nothing to chance. They know that their time is limited. They understand that the greatest opportunities are surrounded by dangerous hazards which would make the average person quake with fear.
Now it is up to you.
You can feel it.
The desire to aim for more. To do more. To be more.
The answering of the call to adventure. The trek into the unknown.
Not some adventure to an exotic location, but an adventure towards something far more meaningful and paramount.
The adventure of taking chances. The adventure of exploration. The adventure into the infinite potentialities that exist beneath the surface.
The adventure into the unknown depths of one’s self. This is the only adventure that truly matters, and no selfie can capture it.
"He who travels to be amused, or to get somewhat which he does not carry, travels away from himself, and grows old even in youth among old things. In Thebes, in Palmyra, his will and mind have become old and dilapidated as they. He carries ruins to ruins."-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance.
This adventure into the self is in essence the entire story of The YouTopian Journey, an inner journey for an outer world. A space beyond a place. A transformative tale to help you arrive at the destination of your choosing, one that you and you alone can make a reality.
And this is as exciting and terrifying as it sounds.
Because once you take that journey into the depths of yourself, you will be changed. You will face the inner doubts and fears that plague you. You cannot hide from what you are. You cannot shirk from the responsibilities that are calling you from within.
Thus, few take on the task of this inner journey and remain a stagnant and marginal figure within the world. This is nothing new.
“People will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls. They will practice Indian yoga and all its exercises, observe a strict regimen of diet, learn the literature of the whole world - all because they cannot get on with themselves and have not the slightest faith that anything useful could ever come out of their own souls. Thus the soul has gradually been turned into a Nazareth from which nothing good can come.”-Carl Jung
But the bold adventurer? The one who aims to explore their deepest depths? They will discover an inner boon.
Long dormant powers.
Strengths that have slumbered, just waiting to be utilized.
A treasure trove just waiting to be discovered.
You must aim to be like the explorers of old, who rolled the dice, venturing into the unknown.
Where the multitude thought there was dragons and danger, the explorer thought of only possibilities. New worlds. New treasures. New adventures.
Now it is up to you.
Undertake the adventure that awaits you and I promise you that it will be far more fulfilling and meaningful than you can imagine!
“I do not accept any absolute formulas for living. No preconceived code can see ahead to everything that can happen in a man's life. As we live, we grow and our beliefs change. They must change. So I think we should live with this constant discovery. We should be open to this adventure in heightened awareness of living. We should stake our whole existence on our willingness to explore and experience. ”-Martin Buber
IN OTHER NEWS
I had the pleasure of talking YouTopian Journey with Bleeding Fool, where I stated that the future of comic books is here on Substack.
As I was the first to bring the comic book medium to Substack, I found it interesting to see how many established authors and artists are making the jump from major publishers to the platform. You can read the full article here.
CRAMP YOUR CRANIUM
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I’m Shaun Gold and if you are reading this, you are already on your journey. Catch you next week.