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Our peril comes from our inability to be with others.

on Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:14 am
Blaise Pascal said that all of humanity's problems come from our inability to be in a room by ourselves. But that defined Pascal's age. Now our peril comes from our inability to be with others
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Re: Our peril comes from our inability to be with others.

on Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:15 am
The inability to be alone with ourselves refers to being comfortable in our own skin and with our own thoughts. It does not refer to immediate external stimuli like video games and movies. Those are merely condensed iterations on the same problem: external stimuli to distract the individual from turning inwards and doing the harder and more important work of self reflection.
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Re: Our peril comes from our inability to be with others.

on Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:16 am
Pascal's point remains true today. It's the same as in the monkey mind problem in Buddhism. His point was that people are overcome by desire all the time, and normally seek some distraction to shift their focus from their constant worries, stresses, fears, desires, cravings, etc., for the mindless-numbing that comes from being fully immersed in some activity. So if someone is in an empty room, they presumably lack any of the distractions they could otherwise rely on, such as social interactions, books, tv, etc. This is a fundamental problem for all people, and it has not changed.

Instead, you're simply pointing out an additional problem, albiet significantly less important than Pascal's observation, that people are now also becoming worse at social interactions -- at least present and personal ones. But people are still adept at finding distractions to avoid knowing themselves and coming to terms with their inner thoughts and cravings. Just now instead of maybe striking a conversation or going out with friends, more people are more likely to do something alone (not be devoid of distractions, as in the "empty room", just partake in some activity individually like books, tv, etc) or remotely (e.g. through the Internet, their phones, etc.).
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