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Boredom vs curiosity

Lately, I’ve been watching movies or series, either on streaming media or on TV, that are boring. However, boredom is a prerequisite for curiosity, either external (ie, through our senses) or internal (ie, inside your mind). See my blogs on boredom versus curiosity.

I suppose I should make some kind of a change in my life. I’m clueless about what (kind of) change. Last Thursday, I decided to have another look at the 2016 sci-fi film Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve, and rated 7.9 in IMDb (and 10 by me). Immediately, I was hooked again to its storyline.

The story is about how to communicate with extraterrestrial intelligence once they establish a first contact with us. Human languages, gestures, and speech all interact in a scientific field called linguistics. The alien visitors only paint complex circular symbols. The main goal is finding out why they’ve arrived.

One of the intriguing elements in this film is the use of nonlinear time. In movies, their use is often referred to as a flash-back and/or flash-forward. It takes a while to know when it’s history, present, and future in this film. At the end of the movie, you’ll realize that the flash-backs were actually flash-forwards.

The above may sound boring to you but not to me as it triggers my curiosity.

In my view, this 2016 film explains why there has not been any first contact, despite the many UFO sightings. Essentially, global chaos would (probably) erupt. Most of our planet still prefers competition over cooperation despite intergovernmental organizations, like the United Nations.

The structural solution for decreasing my boredom is increasing my curiosity. I’m still contemplating how. I could write more but my inspiration has its “opening hours“. I’m reluctant boosting my curiosity through entertaining long-term commitments (eg, relationship, study, travelling, work).

Essentially, my curiosity seems limited to gaining knowledge (eg, more, new). Perhaps, it’s about understanding that knowledge (eg, interconnectedness, principles & rules). I’m not sure that Laozi was right when he stated: the more you know, the less you understand.

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

A 1980 quote by Ellen Parr although usually misattributed to Dorothy Parker (1893-1967). Source: Quote Inspector

Bored (2017) by Billie Eilish
artist, lyrics, video, Wiki-artist, Wiki-song

Bored, I’m so bored, I’m so bored, so bored

Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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