“’I’m bored’ is a useless thing to say. I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless; it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”
– Louis C.K.
Until I went shopping for cottage cheese I had never seriously thought about the universe. While in the dairy isle, I began to think about how lucky I was to be born into a first world country in the 21st century. It’s a statistically impossibility. I had an infinitely better chance of being either a single celled organism or insect, than I did a middle class American male. The more I thought about this the stranger it seemed. From that single thought, I branched out and began to ponder the cosmos, death, reality, and time. I went home, dusted off my copy of A Short History of Nearly Everything, and spent all my free time contemplating the entire nature of human existence.
After nerding out with my science books I had another realization, I rarely think about anything serious. The vast majority of my time is spent thinking about things like earning money, what I’m going to do over the weekend, and jokes I should tell people. Outside of that, there’s not a whole lot of high level thinking going on. I want to change this, I want to start using my brain for higher level thought. And I plan to start today.
This weekend I want you to join me in contemplating something serious. It’s entertaining, educational, and completely free.
If you think up anything cool, or interesting let me know in the comment section.