By Vexen Crabtree 2002
This is a random light hearted look at boredom and sexual energy in mankind and how these have conspired to compel us to create our greatest and most consuming creations.
“"The Gods were bored, so they created man. Adam was bored because he was alone, so Eve was created... Adam was bored alone, then Adam and Eve were bored together; then Adam and Eve and Cain and Abel were bored en famille, then the population of the world increased, and the people were bored en masse. To divert themselves, they conceived the idea of constructing a tower high enough to reach the heavens. This idea itself is as boring as the tower was high, and constitutes a terrible proof of how boredom had gained the upper hand."
This is penetrating commentary; but then it is only a reversal of Hesse's statement that every man has a residue of unfulfilment at the bottom of him: boredom, unfulfilment, they amount to the same thing.”
“The effect of boredom on a large scale in history is underestimated. It is a main cause of revolutions, and would soon bring to an end all the static Utopias.”
William Ralph Inge (1860-1954), British churchman, Dean of St Pauls 1911-34 and author
I believe that boredom is frequently a positive thing as it allows us to ruminate, brood and reflect. It's almost as if we are forced to do these things when we are bored. There is also the potential for us to moan, degrade and waste away. It's hard to figure out what causes one person sometimes to channel their boredom into energy, and sometimes to allow it to stagnate within their selves.
Of Sexual Energy
Sexual energy has been established for a long time as the single most potent force within us; it affects every part of our psyche and most of our decisions. But I'm not going to talk about that... I'm simply going to refer to it as a driving force; an energy that must somehow be expressed consciously or subconsciously, through direct action or indirectly through seemingly random and unrelated actions.
“There are many fine techniques for maintaining your identity as a Satanist without placing yourself in the role of entertainer. The best method consists of shattering another's cherished preconceptions by a series of disappointments. The result is an uncertainty that is unnerving -- and definitely not entertaining. For your victim, that is.
The key is boredom. Most people welcome a challenge. Some will even thrive on results. There are those who find it stimulating simply soaking up another's presence without a word being spoken. But no one likes boredom.
There is not a single person who is not bored by something. Discover what bores another and you needn't worry that he will vampirize you. Since most people's entire lives are occupied by attempts to relieve boredom, you as a Satanists constitute a tremendous attraction. Whether or not you welcome that attraction is another thing.”
People crave not-boredom, I do not think it is possible for a person to crave or seek out boredom. Likewise, I do not think it is possible for a person to abolish their sexual energy. In both cases, there is no way to honestly want the lack of energy; in both cases the energy of boredom and energy of sexuality are both redirected and subconsciously become directed towards other purposes. But the energy is there.
“Dreams.- We have no dreams at all or interesting ones. We should learn to be awake the same way - not at all or in an interesting manner.”
When people are bored their boredom can inspire great works to be done! 'The idea of constructing a tower high enough to reach the heavens' becomes an attractive idea when the opposite is to face boredom. Large scale, repetitive or pointless tasks become worthwhile because a task, any task, is better than boredom. Hobbies, skills and talents all appear to benefit, grow and develop especially when there is nothing else to do!
When a person does not face or admit their own sexual energy the same thing happens. They find tasks and missions to accomplish. To take their mind off of other feelings they can become zealous and energetic followers of a cause or become a whirlwind of anger or creativity as their sexual energy drives them but they do not allow it its normal course.
How many people, when they settle down and enter the bliss of a loving long term relationship with a healthy sex life, also become boring and un-motivated? Some people are so driven by sexual energy that nothing else seems to drive them.
The will to avoid boredom can easily become a force behind sexual energy, increasing it. The redirection of sexual energy cannot aid boredom as boredom is never something that is sought. But the energy that is created by the fearsome threat of boredom and sexual energy combined have probably been the causes of all of our amazing technologies, sciences, art and religion.
When we are bored or our sexual energy is not so easily expressed or is unhealthy, we can commit ourselves very heartily into intellectual tasks; science, logic, maths or into physical acts; exercise, sports such as football or emotional releases; anger, violence, religion and fighting for causes.
Combinations of these are powerful... the will to avoid boredom could cause an intellectual pursuit of religion or philosophy at the same time that sexual energy demands we plunge our hearts into religion. The result would be a scholar of amazing skill and dedication. Likewise, when a person's life is taken up by their work you can probably be safe to guess that without it they would be bored and have no direct outlet for their sexual energy. For me, boredom is avoided and sexual energy expressed through philosophy and radical expressions of my strong individualism. Also I take on large tasks such as HTML, computers, tidiness and essay writing.
This rant has mostly been inspired by boredom...
“Up to this point, wherever religious neurosis has appeared on earth we find it tied up with three dangerous dietary rules: isolation, fasting, and sexual abstinence, although it would not be possible to determine with certainty what in this may be cause and what may be effect, and whether there might be in general a relationship between cause and effect here.”
Nietzsche points out something that can be reflected on. First he wonders if sexual abstinence (a behaviour that clearly leads to a redirection of sexual energy) is the cause of religious zealotry, or if religious control intentionally harnesses redirected sexual energy (through abstinence or physical frigidity) in a formula that ensures dedicated followers.
Well I think this cycle isn't only abused by religion... for example it seems to be a similar cycle in the Computer Industry. Those who are easily drawn in have their lives taken up (including sexual energy) by their new finding, until such a time that anything which is not-boring must involve their principal technical hobby. Of course many full time computer people (such as me, I hope!) are not ruled by this cycle. Some people do not succumb to this cycle entirely, but some people once they're "in" to a genre that can harness these energies then the way out is very difficult.
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Nietzsche, Friedrich. (1844-1900)
(1886) Beyond Good and Evil. Paperback book.
(1887) On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo. Paperback book. Published by Random House, Inc. Translation by Walter Kaufmann published in 1969 October. The Amazon link does not link to the same version that I have quoted from..
(1956) The Outsider. Paperback book. Reissued 2001. Published by Orion Books Ltd.