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Kinsmen Sports Centre

Mom, Dad! I have Ennui!

Well, you should've made peace with the absurdity of human existence before we started driving!

Dad stopped at the Kinsmen Sports Centre, where we enjoyed enlightened exercise and everyone was happy again.

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Ennui is the French word for boredom. The English word "annoy" comes from an early, 13th century borrowing of the word, but it was borrowed again during the height of 18th century European romanticism, when it stood for a particular, fashionable kind of boredom brought on by weariness with the world. Young people at that time, feeling that the promises of the French Revolution had gone unfulfilled, took on an attitude of lethargic disappointment, a preoccupation with the fundamental emptiness of existence. Nothing mattered, so nothing roused the passions.

By the middle of the 19th century, ennui became associated with the alienation of industrialization and modern life. Artists and poets suffered from it, and soon a claim to ennui was a mark of spiritual depth and sensitivity. It implied feelings of superiority and self-regard, the idea being that only bourgeois people too deluded or stupid to see the basic futility of any action could be happy.

Now, in English, though it is defined as "a feeling of weariness and dissatisfaction," ennui also has connotations of self-indulgent posturing and European decadence.

Are you tired, so tired of everything about the world and the way it is? Do you proclaim this, with a long, slow sigh, to everyone around you? You've got ennui.

How do we make this voyage? What is the purpose of this voyage? To understand this, you have to begin at point zero. Why? Because you’ve heard a lot, read a lot of books. This is all information floating in your head. You need to begin at zero – no information. Let’s look at the facts, not ideas.

You try to make this body comfortable. You want a soft bed, a soft pillow. When you buy shoes, you walk in them to make sure they’re comfortable. We spend a lot of time and energy to make sure our body is externally comfortable.

Do we also spend that time to make sure that our existence, our life, is internally comfortable? Or do we learn how to live with disparity, with anger, with confusion?

☆ Prem Rawat

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