Boredom and Cornelis Verhoeven (2)


Part 2 of  notes about boredom  (translation of: Aantekeningen over verveling) Nothing to do (translation of: Niets te doen) (page 175)

In this paragraph Verhoeven is describing boredom (translation: verveling)

Boredom mostly is negatively connected to activity. Anyone who does not knowwhat to do but still wants to do something is bored. But anyone who must do ten different things and cannot choose is bored too.
Boredom is the impossibility, or better the inability  to choose from different activities, connected to the opinion of an obligation to be active. Anyone who does not feel obliged to do anything or to be involved in any activity is not bored.
Boredom is part of a culture of hyper-activity  and panical need to do anything. Anybody who for a moment lost the hasty rhythm of that culture that does not tolerate idleness is threatened by boredom. And that same culture teaches that boredom is a great evil. In the ideology of activity  boredom is by far the greatest evil, because boredom spoils precious time, and because boredom is a threat to that same culture.
Boredom is also Embarrassment or discomfort to a culture. Something has to be done about boredom. Not only by being active, but also by organizing activities to nip boredom in the bud. If nothing was to be done, we would be bored.
And the activities should be very attractive and new and exiting in order to make choice unnecessary.
But new and exiting becomes normal and ordinary. People will get used to anything, get blasé and unimpressed. If somebody is blasé nothing is new and unusual and that is boring.
Amusement and entertainment is organized to prevent boredom. But amusement always has a boring feeling about it.
People believe somewhere the real amusement could be found. Maybe it is not here, but somewhere else is the real entertainment. People will go and try to find these real amusing activities. Mobility is the solution, we are actively searching for that place with amusement.
Anyone who is active considers freedom to be free time, and free time is considered mobility.

Next paragraph is Verveling en duur (boredom and duration, time)

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