Recently I read an article about studies conducted on the subject of boredom. Apparently boredom can lead to serious health risks such as binge eating, alcoholism and even drug abuse.
The interesting thing is that people generally don't want to be bored, but unfortunately many of them have little say in the matter. The studies indicate that people who are bored will often seek out things to do such as cleaning the basement. These studies also show that even if a bored person has sought out something to occupy their time they remain bored while performing these tasks unless they enjoy the task they've sought out.
What ends up happening is that after having sought out several things to occupy their time the bored person will eventually give up and simply do nothing because they haven't been able to find a task that is able to break their boredom. Unable to find a task that they find enjoyable and stimulating the bored person finds that there is little reason to continue finding tasks to occupy their time for the tasks they are able to perform offer little solace, they remain bored and in many instances will turn to things such as alcohol and drugs.
What this shows is that people really don't need any artificial incentive to work, boredom is a natural aspect of being human and people will naturally seek to prevent from sinking into a state of boredom. However; it also shows that boredom can only be prevented or cured when a person finds a task that they find both stimulating and enjoyable. So the work that todays world requires them to do, such as filling out an endless stack of forms or serving burger after burger to ungrateful customers only deepens their boredom or depression and leads them to alcoholism and drug abuse.
The way todays world is designed to artificially require people to work through fear and temptation is not only unnecessary, but a serious risk to a persons health. Not only is it a risk to the health of the individual, but a risk to all around this individual because the habits their depression leads to can be harmful to all those who surround the individual.
People are perfectly willing to perform various tasks on their own without the fear of losing their possessions, but it is only that the task they seek to perform must be something they find both enjoyable and stimulating. They must be able to seek out for themselves whatever it is that they enjoy for only they know what that is.
Monday is really no different than Sunday. People don't hate Monday, they hate their job and that is precisely why society is plagued with depression, alcohol and drug abuse. Depression is an epidemic, but it doesn't have to be.
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