This recent article has a lot of really interesting points to make about how people deal with their lives, often in ways that are harmful, instead of working to make their life more satisfying. I've recently had a few conversations about this very topic...found it very interesting.
"Like our parents of the last generation, we
are close to subduing the vibrant and powerful spirit of our bodies to
the point of quiet bickering, to complaining quietly until it may have
almost found solace in the only mediums it has been offered. We may now
have almost accepted small pleasures and transient moments of commercial
entertainment as enough – as if this was all there ever was.
Our generation, whether they subscribe to higher ideals or not, is
quickly and dangerously reaching the point where it is enough to “just
get by”: to get a job, watch movies, have sex and buy more stuff. We can
leave these problems to someone else. Content with the barrage of
entertainment that consumer culture has to offer, and overwhelmed by the
daunting challenge our generation faces, there are enough distractions
to keep us comfortably numb well after we’ve forgotten what real life is
Now, it’s true. Even eco-minded activists like
to watch movies or get engrossed in the occasional videogame, go out for
a few beers – whatever it is. It’s certainly fine to enjoy these
things. It’s just important to keep these forms in balance with
everything else in life."