Virtues of Moriarty & the Joker is an article I wrote awhile ago that tackles the importance of boredom to intellectual/personal/societal growth. It also reveals the one desire of a person who has it all…
(excerpt from Virtues of Moriarty & the Joker)
As hunger is to the body; boredom is to the mind. And just like hunger, boredom is tortuously painful for a reason. The feeling of being bored can lead to self-destructive tendencies but…it also can increase levels of creativity which leads to innovation, curiosity, exploration and discovery of new places, ideas and realities. In truth, boredom is one of our greatest assets for intellectual growth and development.
Boredom expands the reach of human potential by causing us to daydream and wonder about our world in ways no other species on the planet has the intellectual capacity to consider. Where do we come from? Why are we here? Will the Falcons ever win a Super Bowl? Philosophical and scientific ponderings, alike, are our natural response to boredom and curiosity. The Problem with which Moriarty refers to in ‘staying alive’ does not reflect a person with suicidal tendencies and thoughts but rather, it is a reference to the problematic nature of an inert human society.
The human species was never meant to stay anything; we were not born to regurgitate the same life cycle over and over and over again. Our minds possess the capacity to push past our limits and to dig deeper into the questions and mysteries of life. It is our capacity to be infinitely curious about the things around us and within us, which has led to our ability to assimilate and adapt the world to our desire. Boredom is a driving force to intellectual development; it is a link to innovative thought that can be severed if we fall into inert patterns of living. Moriarty & the Joker are drawn to characters like Sherlock and Batman because they are out of the ordinary…they refuse to be civil and domesticated. They are not driven by the societal pressures to conform and assimilate to the accepted norms and purpose of life.
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