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The Threat of Boredom Is a Call to Action

James Danckert: We typically try to avoid or squash feelings of boredom. But in trying to outrun boredom, we run the risk of failing to heed its true call. Pain is a helpful metaphor here. The function of pain is not to make us feel hurt. Pain exists to galvanize us into action to remove the source of the pain. Boredom is no different. The function of boredom is not to make us bored, it is a call to action. It is telling us that what we are doing now is failing to satisfy us is some important way. But its purpose is not to just push us into any action. Boredom encourages us to choose actions that give expression to who we are. Our actions have to matter.

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