This got me thinking about life. One seems to be always compelled to think about life and draw extremely arbitrary philosophical conclusions on the meaning and purpose of life. If bums like Socrates and Aristotle can do it why shouldn't I? So I'll trouble your mind with my disturbing little insights on life. If one plans to live for 80 years, one really needs something to do. Living that long without doing anything is terribly boring. One always wants to be entertained. So what do we do about that? Human beings are remarkably intelligent species. They can cook up nonsense in no time. So work was invented. That fills up 30-40 years of one's life. To do work, one obviously needs to be educated. So there goes another 20-25 years. So a solid 60-75 years has been taken care of. As you can see the reason behind most of the stuff we do is to be entertained until the cellular organisms that make up our body stop ticking. Entertainment. That's what we all do.
My problem is with people not crediting entertainment when its due thereby depriving it of its rightful share. The achievements of supposedly great people are accounted wrongly. People are stupidly credited as scientists, sportsmen, politician and lot of other crap. The reality is they were just trying to pass time. They were Self-entertainers. Let me take Robinson Crusoe as an example to push home my point. He was desperate to get off that island. why? Boredom my dear L & G. Boredom. Not because he had to rush back and save mankind, contest elections or do science. Robinson Crusoe, isn't really famous for anything else. He is the greatest proof of the danger of boredom. He is famous only because he waged a supreme struggle against boredom and managed to avoid being bored to death in a really boring situation. He was pushed into a situation that only Mr. Cave Man had faced until then. Before Crusoe human beings had spent a millenia trying to get out of that exact same situation Crusoe was dealt with. Crusoe was faced the biggest challenge there ever was because he was deprived of gzillion years of hard work. That brings us to Cave man and how it all began.
The cave man had the most difficult challenge ever. He probably lived for 40-50 years. Never had to go to work or worry about passing XII std. He didn't have to work hard for sex and could pretty much hump any woman who came along. If he got the urge and had the hard-on - the nearest woman was humped. No foreplay, no romantic duets in the rain. Painful for the woman. But who cares? The key thing is he did not spend Age 14 - Death thinking about getting laid or worrying whether he would ever get laid. If a man was not thinking about work, promotions, war, politics, sports, travel, and Tax returns - you could at least say that he was a man and so by definition might have been worried about sex. But apparently that ain't the case here. This dude never had to think about anything because there was nothing to think about. How do you spend 50 years like that?
The cave women were probably happy because the man had nothing to do, no TV, no games to watch and devoted most of his time towards her. But since women didn't value conversation that much back then all the good karma man had earned in those days were lost gone for ever. Only boredom remained. So cave man started doing funny stuff. He had already humped 20 unknown women, their daughters from other men, his daughters, stray women who wandered into his area (so much for 'compatibility' and 'respect my feelings') and even humped 2-3 men in error. Given that toothbrushes weren't in vogue the unmanageable bad-breath must've have driven him to either doggy style or feeling himself up. A few years of that and boredom would have come back. He may moved from feeling himself up and rubbing his balls to rubbing two stones together. He rubbed two stones together just to while away time and voila! fire was invented.
Next thing you know the wheel was being imagined. That was so entertaining that man could play with it for years and years and not get bored. It was so entertaining that several people reinvented the wheel just to pass time. And we thought those people were stupid. They know. Soon people began to invent countries, armies and war. The real problem began when Freud like human beings then introduced crap like ego and self-esteem. So we got more education, better education, different education, better work, greater work, powerful work - all of which may have contributed to more entertainment time but it eroded the knowledge that we were doing all these things to pass time. I strongly believe that all inventions, discoveries and "progress" we have made so far is a direct result of someone trying to avoid boredom. Entertainment is the root cause of that. Look at the number of things Man has invented to spend time. It is just incredible. And to think people associate serious connotations to what is really entertainment.