Look at us humans, we’re so smart that we’ve figured out how to get exactly what we think we want, and none of what we need!
Sexual needs: porn, never mind companionship.
Hunger needs: junk, never mind nutrients.
Social needs: social media, never mind connection.
Entertainment needs: endless media and video games, never mind occasionally self-reflecting nor occasionally creating things.
Energy needs: sleep medication and caffeine, never mind exercise and quality rest.
Growth needs: self-help media, never mind self-acceptance and action.
Without these inventions, we would instead have to grow ourselves to fulfill such needs. But instead we can cheap out on personal growth.
With junk, it’s too easy to constantly seek to please your taste buds today, and never learn how to sustain your body in the long term by learning how to properly choose what to eat.
With social media, it’s too easy to feel like you’re socializing without developing close relationships.
With modern entertainment, it’s too easy to forever distract yourself from thinking about hard-to-ponder questions. And it’s too easy to never make anything of your own.
With caffeine and sleep medication, it’s too easy to never learn how to rest properly to keep a sustainable state of health.
In general, it’s too easy to get pleasure without fulfillment.
We’ve figured out how to get what we want, and none of what we need. It’s too easy to stimulate the senses without fulfilling the need.
(And the reason we have such senses isn’t to feel good, but to thrive in life!)
Moreover, it’s too easy to do all of these things and develop the habit of never pursuing anything deeply.
In today’s society, it’s too easy not to strengthen yourself.
If we don’t reverse, we’re on a path to WALL-E.
I’m not perfect and neither are you. We can both do better.
Posted 2020 November 26, last updated 2021 January 11.
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