I hope you don’t mind but I was thinking about myself. You may agree that the best point to observe and relate from is your own experience added to what you know about others.
Or, of course, you could have other ideas.
I’m thinking about anxiety and the way it relates to the everyday world. On my desk are three books. Each one is related to the subject of anxiety in its various forms but more in the relation to our global context.
The books are:-
Robert Gerzon’s Finding Serenity in the age of Anxiety.
Rollo May’s The meaning of Anxiety.
M Scott Peck’s The Road Less Travelled.
The common theme of each is that life creates anxieties. We all suffer from anxiety at times, it is a normal reaction to our stressful world. In fact the human race is built upon fear and anxiety. The essential life saving process of the Flight Fight Routine is hard wired into our brains, we cannot escape it.
Right at the middle is the conundrum we are alive and conscious and know we are going to die!
So there is the first and often denied anxiety, “we are going to die.” Then on top of this is our need to fit in socially and have a sense of acceptance by others and a sense of status.
Do you sense that right there in the idea of being human is, maybe you guessed it, a tension and the feeling of anxiety.
Being human is being anxious. But not all the time.
At the moment this rather philosophical thought is in my minds eye. It is crucial to the meaning of being alive and human.
Come on this is an big question, let me know what you think.