20 quotes from A Philosophy of Boredom: ‘In order to live a meaningful life, humans need answers, i.e., a certain understanding of basic existential ques. A Philosophy of Boredom. Criticism | “Parachute,” Issue , Book review of “The Philosophy of Boredom” by Lars Svendsen. (Author’s note: This version. In this book Lars Svendsen examines the nature of boredom, how it originated, its history, how and why it afflicts us, and why we cannot seem to overcome it by.

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Svendsen, A Philosophy of Boredom. However, profound boredom brings us as close to a state of un-attunement as we can come. We Romantics need a meaning that we ourselves realize — and the person who is preoccupied with self-realization inevitably has a meaning problem. This is no one collective meaning in life any more, a meaning that it is up to the individual to participate in.

Nor is it that easy to find an own meaning in life, either.

The meaning that most people embrace is self-realization as such, but it is not obvious what type of self is to be realized, nor what should possibly result from it. The person who is certain as regards himself will not ask the question as to who he is.

Only a problematic self feels the need for realization. We are the sort of beings who are there, in the world. What characterizes Dasein is lf its existence is a concern for it in its existence.


So I said to myself that people are consumed by boredom. Naturally, one has to ponder for a while to realise this — one does not see it immediately. It is a like some sort of dust. But if one stops up for a moment, it settles like a blanket over the face and hands. One has to constantly shake this ash-rain off one. That is why people are so restless. Cuando los objetivos no se ven cumplidos, nos vemos lras al sufrimiento; cuando los alcanzamos, obtenemos el tedio como resultado.

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