• Steve Martin

All of Humanity's Problems




“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone." Blaise Pascal

According to Pascal, a French mathematician, inventor, writer and theologian born almost 400 years ago, we fear the silence of existence, we dread boredom, and instead choose aimless distraction. We can’t help but run from the problems of our emotions into the false comforts of an overbusy and very distracted mind.

If this was true 400 years ago, the problem has increased massively.  

We need more quiet time.  This is why the practices of meditation and contemplation are becoming more popular.


The great thinkers in history have practiced quiet contemplation or meditation: Thoreau, Emerson, Churchill, Gandhi, Desmond Tutu.

You can join them - and see what happens.


I suggest that you try the following exercise:


Find 60 minutes when you can sit down in a quiet room and have absolutely nothing to do. Keep your eyes open and sit there for 60 minutes and just see what happens  No paper or pens, no music, no TV, no books - just you and the quiet.  It is difficult, it is different, it can be rewarding.

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