The lengths we go to in order to avoid discomfort and anticipated sadness are truly remarkable. We have set up an entire societal infrastructure to keep us sufficiently distracted from our deeper emotional experience. Our phones have become the opiate of the masses.
Listen to what one of my favorite comedians – Louis CK – has to say about the subject of emotional range and the ways that we keep ourselves living in the narrowest of bandwidths. Grief, pain, and sadness, are often the direct portal to joy. It’s one of the best kept secrets of our time.