Wednesday, 26 March 2014

comfort is a trap

Our minds and bodies were designed for a scrappy life of hardship,
not for a life of excess, comfort and ease.


18 comments:

anexactinglife.com said...

A trap I welcome...would not volunteer for a scrappy life...but it would be nice to think I could cope if I had to!

Gam Kau said...

I have nothing against comfort, but believe it can be a slippery slope for a lot of people. When your requirements for comfort affect your health or wallet it can become an issue. Hedonic adaption can cause us to keep adjusting our comfort levels upwards. Requiring a large house for comfort is fine so long as it is affordable, if it is too much of a stretch financially then maybe the comfort level should be adjusted downwards.. A comfortable sofa is a wonderful luxury so long too much time isn't spent sitting on it adversely affecting health.

Stephen Andrew said...

You and I look at things totally differently :) but I do find your philosophy fascinating. And I can tell you also have a respect for people completely different from you, which I admire.

Yuko Jones said...

I've been learning lately that you can't grow when you are feeling comfortable. Hardships and challenges pushes us forward and encourage us to grow as humans. Thanks for the reminder ;)

Gam Kau said...

Stephen, I know, my ideas are weird. I'm weird. But I'm nice too. :)

Gam Kau said...

Yuko, I hadn't thought of it from that perspective. I tend to think of too much comfort in terms of negative health or finances. But you are right, feeling comfortable can cause us to get in a mental rut as well.

Stephen Andrew said...

I wouldn't say weird. That would be a case of the pot and the kettle!

Gam Kau said...

Lol Stephen. Different, weird, whatever. Harbors not very commonly accepted ideas maybe would be the PC way to frame it. It's okay, even my family and friends think I'm weird.

silkpathdiary said...

This is so very true! Why else do we need to make sure we're exercising to substitute for the back breaking work of finding food or running away from wild animals and speaking of food, why else do we need to remember a healthy consumption - I don't think our ancestos had time to overeat, right?! The Baka people are spot on!

Gam Kau said...

Yes, SilkPathD, that's just what I mean! Our lives are so unnaturally comfortable that we have to consciously compensate by carefully selecting foods (because it is too readily available) and scheduling physical activity into our lives. I know none of us want to live a life of hardship and scarcity, I'm just saying our bodies are minds were designed for those factors. It's something to think about.

Shannon D. said...

Interesting post! When I'm grumbling to myself in the morning about having to go to work I try to turn my attitude around by comparing working in an office to searching for something to sell in a garbage dump to make some money or walking several miles just to get water to drink. What an easy life I have!

Gam Kau said...

Hi Shannon D.! Thanks for commenting, I agree, our lives are downright luxurious compared to others. I don't think comfort and luxury themselves are bad, just that the repercussions can be quite negative. I'm starting to sound so curmudgeonly!

Shannon D. said...

Not curmudgeonly, mindful! :) Being someone who is trying to keep extra weight off, I appreciate the irony that my cushy lifestyle is not actually a healthy lifestyle ! You have a lovely blog!

Gam Kau said...

Lol Shannon. Mindful is a nicer way to frame it. Maybe when we become curmudgeonly we become more mindful? Or is it when we become more mindful we become curmudgeonly because we are aware of all the things that are wrong?
Lol, don't know, but I am working on mindful.

Shelley said...

Yes, I agree that when we get too comfortable and too lazy it ends up being bad for our bodies and our minds. I don't want a life of only hardship but Amy Dacycyzn talked about 'creative deprivation'. She gave an example where if she saw her kids take something (like ice cream cones) for granted they got it less often so they could properly appreciate it; most people increase the treat to get the appreciation - it's a bad spiral that. So I try to do without everything I might be able to have so that I can appreciate what I do have more.

Gam Kau said...

Hedonic adaption. It's good to be aware of it. It's like your yearly bag of potatoes Shelley - they taste extra good because you don't eat them every day. It is human nature to seek comfort and, subsequently, adapt to it.

frugalscholar said...

My husband always says "life is friction." I love that!

Gam Kau said...

FrugalScholar - I agree with your husband. We attempt to eliminate too much "friction" in the name of comfort, but it's actually good for us.