Boring people find people boring
We all probably know people who bore us to death. Nothing they say or do interests us – and they keep saying and doing the same uninteresting things repeatedly.
Because we are individuals with our particular interests, it’s natural that some people interest us more than others. Still, we all are sometimes obliged to deal with uninteresting people.
To make such interactions more interesting, we can cultivate a learning mood by asking ourselves a bold, counter-intuitive question: Rather than people being boring, could it be that it is we who are boring? Boring in the sense that we have our own narrow band of interests and find anything outside that band boring.
Helping us expand our range of interests, Gita wisdom explains that we all are souls on a multi-life journey of spiritual evolution. Such evolution centers on growth in our capacity to learn and to love, till we ultimately learn to love the all-attractive supreme, Krishna. The Bhagavad-gita (06.32) indicates that advanced spiritualists see how everyone is on a shared journey of spiritual evolution, experiencing joys and sorrows that are all meant to further that evolution.
If we too strive to see others spiritually, we expand the scope of our interests – rather than treating people as boring because they don’t provide us any material gratification, we can see them as interesting because they can help us learn things that further our spiritual evolution. No matter how boring their lives seem to be, they have had some, if not many, experiences different from us. And understanding those experiences can teach us something valuable for our evolution, even if they had no intention of teaching that or even if they themselves had not learnt that lesson from their own experience.
Thus, we go beyond blaming others for boring us to taking responsibility for making our life interesting.
Think it over:
- When we find others boring, how might we ourselves be boring?
- How does Gita wisdom expand our range of interests?
- How can focusing on spiritual evolution make our boring interactions interesting?
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