Those addicted to 'fun' would do well to uncover the meaning of this addiction, writes a Salesian sister, with a background in media studies, in the Kyeongyang Magazine. Boredom, she says, may be causing the addiction. Though in the past boredom was a catalyst for change, today many find it difficult to accept, a thing to avoid at all costs.
the saying: "When you play you play, when you work you work." Today
we often want our work to be
pleasurable, and don't mind if our leisure time is taken up by intense
study or stressful activities. When we are tired we flick on
the TV or engage in conversation or do something, anything, as long as
it keeps us from feeling bored. But all this does, she says, is add to
our mental turmoil. There's no avoiding 'doing,' she admits, but we must
also understand, she emphasizes, that 'not-doing' is
something positive and creative.
She reflects on the
times in the subway when just sitting becomes awkward and we take out our
smart phones and begin toying with them. Conversation can start up with
someone sitting beside us, but when a call comes during the conversation,
we most likely will take the opportunity to go back to our smartphone.
asks if we have ever for even an hour taken
time to do nothing but be with ourselves in silence. A time when we can
thinking a rest, letting our thoughts ripen and the stress and
frustrations of the day pass from mind--a time to get to know ourselves.
the digital society we live in, the more dependent we become on the
digital resources now available, and the more concerned with things
outside of ourselves, the more impoverished our internal life becomes.
Reading becomes unbearable, and deep reflection nearly impossible; we
forget the meaning of life and its
values. We end up, sister says, thinking with our feelings and judging
with our emotions.
are living in a society where fun is often the goal of every pursuit.
Our emotions are given priority, and the effort to delve deeply into our
experiences is missing. In Korea we are all
familiar with the Gangnam Style, a term describing both the phenomenally
successful music video and the lifestyle "where everything is cool."
Though many have been critical of this recent cultural craze that has
spread throughout the world, there's no denying that many have embraced
its lavish, carefree lifestyle, if only in spirit.
The video is
not the sole possession of those who made it, she reminds us, but now
belongs to anyone who has seen it and is moved by
what they see; they are the owners as well. The sister wants us to
besides those who found the text 'fun,' thrilled by what they saw and
heard, many others had even more fun by examining the meaning of
this 'fun' event.
than being overcome with the 'fun' of the moment is to examine what is
seen for meaning. It is this meaning that will add a great deal to the
'fun' that we have in life.According to Ecclesiastes 2:10: "All that I undertook I
enjoyed, and that was
my reward for my work." Sister hopes that we will
find the same joy in everything we do in life. It all starts, she says,
not with those who are content to have fun without looking for its
meaning, but with those who search for meaning, and see with the eyes of