Friday, October 28, 2016

Prayer and Boredom: The Antidote to Boredom is the Acquisition of Meaning



Will eternity with God be boring, with all that repetitive worship going on? I've had people ask me this, and wondered it myself. I think the answer is "No." We see this on the definition of "boredom."

"Boredom" is not: having little or nothing to do. It is not: doing the same thing over and over again. You can have a lot to do and not feel bored (like spending all day in your garden); you could engage in repetitive activity and not be bored (like, e.g., practicing your guitar because you love it).

"Boredom" is: finding no meaning in what you are doing. The meaning of "meaning" is: fitness within a coherent context. 

So the antidote to boredom is the acquisition of meaning.