‘I’m tired.’ ‘I cant be bothered.’ ‘It’s too hard.’ ‘I don’t have the time.’ These are common excuses to avoid doing things we don’t want to do, but that we know would be good for us if we did. Instead of doing things which further us and move us towards becoming better versions of ourselves, endlessly we watch Netflix, mindlessly we browse social media, and purposelessly we scour the internet for anything that might distract from doing what we know would be good for us in the long run, be it reading, studying, or exercising.
We are all the product of millions and billions of years of evolution. Each individual is the product of millions of years of hardship, toil and struggle. Your ancestors all had to fight to survive and to reproduce, and to undergo all kinds of hardship. Every single ancestor, from simple cells to humans, had to endure every kind of difficulty in order that their genes would continue to survive in their descendants. And now here we are. The product of all this effort. In some ways, we are at our weakest today. We can’t bear even the smallest amount of mental or physical pain, and so we spend our days distracting ourselves from anything even a little bit challenging. This isn’t to say that life isn’t hard-it is. Life is difficult and is by nature a struggle filled with toil, suffering and hardship. Yet this does not mean that it is worthwhile or meaningless. The product of suffering is what justifies it, and the product of toil is always more valuable than the product of apathy. Without suffering, nothing worth anything is achieved.