The reason I wrote so many chapters about boredom with regards to equanimity and peace is that being bored is a serious threat TO achieving equanimity and peace. Whether it is conscious or unconscious, lounging around on your sofa or bed doing nothing all day, with nothing to motivate you is a dangerous dangerous thing. Boredom threatens your health, makes you apathetic, listless, tired all the time. Being bored will probably make you obese and get diseases like Hypertension, Diabetes, and Hypercholestrolism, which would lead to heart attacks.
Being bored is actually a hidden cause of stress too, as there is no outlet for your energy. Being bored can be categorized in many time frames. The longer the episode of boredom, the more serious the issue is. Feeling bored for a moment or an hour is not so worrisome, and we have addressed all of these factors, but being bored for long stretches and feeling like there is no purpose or meaning to your life is a very serious threat to your well being and others in your social circle and your family, and your children.
I was postulate that many crimes were committed out of boredom which resulted in desperation. In fact, it is true that many crimes like petty shoplifting is due NOT to the inability to pay but the silent “rush” or “excitement” of stealing something. Even within relationships such as marriage, unresolved boredom will certainly lead to lost love and adultery. As Ben Franklin once wrote, “Where there is marriage without love, there will be love without marriage.”
Boredom sounds commonplace and non-threatening, but it is in fact a VERY serious problem that burns to the very essence of one’s soul. Particularly serious is the longer bouts of boredom, which may be closely correlated to depression and even suicide. As we mentioned, people who are bored are often depressed, and depressed people are usually bored.
With our society and culture moving at the speed of light, routines become embedded within our lives, and less and less attention is focused on the healthiness of the soul. A person must have the energy and focus to address his or her bout of boredom, which if not addressed, will most certainly lead to depression, burnout, and even worse consequences.