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The Current Dramatization of Minor Discomforts

Updated: May 22

Hello, audience. I would like to share an insight with you regarding the topic of minor uneasiness in our everyday lives.

Discomfort, regardless of degree, is like the corridors of our nostrils. No matter how clean they are, they will always capture the dirt that is in the air we breathe.

Rich or poor, popular or unpopular, powerful or a puppet, our minds will always capture the discomforts of life and make us aware of them once they are captured in our consciousness.

Discomfort is thus an inevitable feature of the entire package we call "life." However, the way we choose to perceive it, and the degree of importance we give it in our lifelong narrative, are very avoidable, because they are a product of our chosen perception and are not a component of the feature itself.

Unfortunately, such wisdom is not taught in schools, along with logic and inquisitive thinking. As a result, many people are unable to distinguish between the feature and their perception of it.

This can lead to unconscious exaggeration of things and beings, leading to a more spoiled mind and unnecessary suffering.

By the "modern mind," I refer to the minds of those who live a reasonably comfortable life; a comfort that exceeds the discomfort many of our ancestors had to endure through plagues, poverty, persecution, pillaging, the abolition of human rights, and military conflicts. I am confident in saying that the modern human, compared to their ancestors of the distant past, enjoys a far wider array of comfort, accessibility, and pleasure.

And yet, many of us in this modern era of comfort and hedonism may still find ourselves agonizing over the discomfort that modernity has yet to decimate from our lives; the small grain of discomfort that has survived from the genocide of its majority.

An example that many of you may be familiar with is the lack of patience many of us have, which is quite ironic at times, given the ability of instant accessibility which many of us possess at least on the technological level.

Just an hour ago, I had this same issue. I had to wait for a barber for around 20 minutes to half an hour for them to return after they drove an employee home. They had promised me they would return in 10 minutes or so.

Now, you see, many other people would be angry at them for making them wait for more than they had promised. I, however, contemplated the issue of discomfort as I waited. Thanks to this minor discomfort of having to wait more than promised, I thought of creating this article. If the barber had returned in 10 or even less minutes, I might not have thought of writing this article.

This is why even the smallest of discomforts can lead to greater productivity than one might initially think. It makes such discomforts not only a minor unpleasant issue, but also a window for new opportunities to arrive in one's mind.

So next time you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation, I suggest asking yourself these two questions: "Is this situation really as bad as I'm making it out to be in my thoughts?" and "How can I convert this discomfort into a productive possibility, rather than an annoying hindrance?"

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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