01 Jul If you become animal-like, then boredom disappears (OSHO)
If you become animal-like, then boredom disappears.
So you will find that people who live a very animalistic life are less bored. Eating, drinking, marrying — they are not very bored, but they are not sensitive. They live at the minimum. They live only with that much consciousness as is needed for a day-to-day routine life.
You will find that intellectuals, people who think too much, are more bored, because they think. And because of their thinking they can see that something is just repetition.
Your life is repetition. Every morning you get up almost the same way as you have been getting up all your life.
You take your breakfast almost the same way. Then you go to the office — the same office, the same people, the same work. Then you come home — the same wife.
If you get bored it is natural. It is very difficult for you to see any newness here; everything seems to be old, dust-covered.
The same wife every day…
If you are told to close your eyes and to remember your wife’s face, you will find it impossible to remember. Many other women will come in your mind, the whole neighborhood, but not your wife.
The whole relationship has become a continuous repetition. You make love, you hug your wife, you kiss your wife, but these are all empty gestures now. The glory and the glamour has disappeared long before.
A marriage is almost finished by the time the honeymoon is over, then you go on pretending. But behind those pretensions a deep boredom accumulates.
Watch people walking on the street and you will see them completely bored. Everybody is bored, bored to death.
Look at their faces — no aura of delight.
Look at their eyes — dust-covered, no glimmer of inner happiness. They move from the office to the home, from the home to the office, and by and by the whole life becomes a mechanical routine, a constant repetition.
And one day they die… almost always people die without ever having been alive.
Bertrand Russell is reported to have said, ‘When I remember, I cannot find more than a few moments in my life when I was really alive, aflame.’
Can you remember? How many moments in your life were you really aflame? Rarely it happens. One dreams about those moments, one imagines those moments. one hopes for those moments — but they never happen.
Even if they happen, sooner or later they also become repetitive. When you fall in love with a woman or a man you feel a miracle, but by and by the miracle disappears and everything settles into a routine.
Boredom is the consciousness of repetition.
Because animals cannot remember the past, they cannot feel bored. They cannot remember the past, so they cannot feel bored. They cannot remember the past, so they cannot feel the repetition.
The buffalo goes on eating the same grass every day with the same delight. You cannot. How can you eat the same grass with the same delight? You get fed up.
Hence people try to change. They move into a new house, they bring a new car home, they divorce the old husband, they find a new love affair, but again that thing is going to become repetitive sooner or later.
Changing places, changing persons,, changing partners, changing houses, is not going to do anything. And whenever a society becomes very bored, people start moving from one town to another. from one job to another, from one wife to another, but sooner or later they realize that this is all nonsense because the same thing is going to happen again and again with every woman, with every man, with every house, with every car.
What to do then?
Become more conscious. It is not a question of changing situations; transform your being, become more conscious.