ISSUE-126

Claim: While boredom is often expressed with a sense of self-satisfaction, it should really be a source of embarrassment.

Reason: Boredom arises from a lack of imagination and self-motivation.


Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim and the reason on which that claim is based.


In our modern-day life, sometimes we feel bored by our daily routines. Should boredom be viewed as an expression of self-satisfaction or should it be considered a source embarrassment? While in certain cases boredom is the result of repetitive, non-inspiring activities, most cases boredom indeed originates from a lack of imagination and self-motivation. As a result, boredom under many circumstances should be a source of embarrassment because it means that one has not done his or her best. That being said, I do not agree with the claim that boredom is often expressed with a sense of self-satisfaction.


First, some may claim that boredom does not always arise from a lack of imagination and self-motivation, something related to our internal motives; instead it is the consequence of external pressure. For example, many white-collar workers today are overburdened with the amount of work they have to deal with, most of which is repetitive and not intellectually stimulating. Overtime, such uninspiring work make them numb and start to feel bored. In this case, it is hardly their fault or their lack of imagination that leads to the feeling of boredom. From my point of view, the lines of reasoning above seem to be convincing at first glance, but in reality, those who feel bored by their work are still entitled to choose other more challenging and rewarding endeavors. For example, those white-collar workers could quit their job and start working on what is truly of interest to them. However, such actions take courage and motivation. To summarize, while boredom can appear to originate from external factors, our own characteristics, such as imagination and self-motivation plays a more direct role in causing and getting rid of the feeling of boredom.


If we acknowledge that boredom arises from a lack of imagination or self-motivation, should it be considered a source of embarrassment? My answer to this question is yes, although I need to point out that boredom is not always expressed with a sense of self-satisfaction as some people may have claimed. Their main argument is that boredom is the direct result of feeling satisfied by what one has accomplished, and hence its expression implies one’s success in certain fields. I cannot agree with this view; instead, from our discussion above, in many cases the expression of boredom actually reflects one’s dissatisfaction of the present. Hence, for example, employees who are not satisfied with their employers choose to kill time and idle at work, which leads to their feeling of boredom. That being said, even though various reasons are capable of generating the feeling of boredom, one should indeed feel embarrassed by such a feeling, because feeling bored means that one has forsaken his or her options to make change to life. That is, boredom is a passive and negative reaction to the external stimuli, be it positive or negative. On the other hand, true warriors of life will either be self-complacent by their previous achievements, such as Elon Musk, or become disgruntled by life; instead, both will actively try to eliminate boredom and to make a real difference.


To sum up, while boredom may seemingly arise from external factors, I consider its primary cause to lie within our mind and heart. That being said, boredom is not always expressed with a sense of self-complacency, but with dissatisfaction as well. Either way, though, boredom should indeed be a source of embarrassment because it means the individual does not have the courage to change what makes them feel boring.

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