Too Much Complexity?
I watch perhaps more Youtube videos than I should. One of them recently was from a well know clinical psychologist, who in the video (which was about a different subject than complexity) made the observation that most of the people who come to him for mental issues, have instead an issue with too much complexity in their lives.
This is not to say people don't have real mental health issues but that problems with too much complexity in your lives can and often do have profound physical and mental affects on you. And that the causality of these secondary problems is not often realized.
Readers of John Michael Greer will have no doubt heard him speak often of simplifying your life. To turn off the TV, turn off the computer, to turn off the cell phone. The benefits of doing this are pretty self evident and yet we don't.
I wonder if this ties into our tendency to put things off? Which we do with spectacular success, don't we?
Now I have the opportunity to declutter and simplify my life this Fall. My exit from work life and early retirement, the chaos of the pandemic, and my relocation to a new residence are all giving me a rather well defined break with my past life, which gives me at least the excuse to get rid of many of the things which I waste time on. And I do waste time on many things. This current society, the "Internet of Infinite Distractions" is good at offering up things to waste your time on in no small part because a whole lot of companies have discovered they can make money off of wasting your time.
And the pressure to always be distracted is huge. You only need to look at so called "influencers" and their sell myself lifestyle for the pressure of making your own life bigger and better to become evident.
I could probably easily waste an hour or two surfing the Internet and find lists of "The 25 Things To Do To Declutter Your Life" and post them here but I think the kind of people who read a forum on Green Wizardry already know most of them. What we all need instead of more wasteful trips into useless effort is to just make the leap and do those things which lessen the complexity in our Lives.
Even if its just one or two of them.