The principle problem of Americans: our inability to deal with “free time”. Our fear of free time, an open schedule, and a calendar without appointments.
The ancients had a notion of “horror vaccui”: fear of the vacuum. The basic notion in natural philosophy (physics) was that atoms hated being in a vacuum, and would always move to fill the vacuum.
The beauty of empty space
In Taoism the philosophy is:
An empty space is more useful than a full space.
Also in terms of aesthetics, empty and minimal spaces are more beautiful.
Why this fear of emptiness?
We’ve been trained our entire lives to be useful instruments to society. Thus when we are “idle” we are no longer of use to society. As a consequence, we are “useless” and feel existential angst.
What is existential angst?
Existential angst: the nagging feeling that your life has no purpose or point.
But who decrees what a “purposeful” life is? Generally society, religion, and our parents.
But what if we dictated our own life purposes?
Fill your life with what you care for; remove what you don’t care for.
It is simple: fill your life with creative work and labor you consider worthy of yourself, and don’t do what you consider “bullshit work”.
Never stop iterating, changing, and evolving
Life: to constantly become stronger, more intelligent, more impactful, and more influential!