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crisis junkies

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

“All of man’s troubles come from his inability to sit in a quiet room by himself.”
― Arnold Rothstein Boardwalk Empire

high performers are often crisis junkies. if there’s not something going on to be active and engaged in, they go to a dark place. they cannot exist peacefully if they aren’t actively engaged in battle. we were watching the LT special last night … interesting how LT was a football god but whenever he was off the field he was miserable. he would win a super bowl and then immediately be like: “what’s next?” there was no reflection. he had to constantly feed his emptiness and when football wasn’t in session he would go on insane, self destructive benders. his observation was that the wildness that hurt him off the field was the same streak that empowered his greatness on the field. i believe that. you see it over in over in sports, politics, business. the extremes. it’s also why people don’t retire despite having insane amounts of money. they don’t work to live. they work to distract themselves from life. they can’t exist happily outside of that singular role where they derive a feeling of importance and power. outside of that, they feel empty. one could argue fine let them do that but eventually, when the world is run exclusively by crisis junkies you get to untenable situations like the current government shutdowns. it’s a mess that hurts everyone.

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  • linda k.

    so true. when i worked in corporate america, i loved crises because, like wonder woman, i could rise to the occasion and save the day. as i evolved, putting out fires on a daily basis wore thin, and all i craved was a quiet day with no emergencies.

    now that i am retired, i revel in one peaceful day after another. of course, there are bad patches, and i deal with them–without having to don my wonder woman outfit!

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