PODCAST: ネット通訳担当tensaimon translates 37. 生活を簡単化しましょう How to simplify your life

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TRANSCRIPT:

It is well understood by good parents that

after lots of fun the baby will start to cry

nothing is particularly wrong:

it is just time for a nap.

It’s brain needs to have a rest so it can process all the experiences.

Sadly, we don’t do this for ourselves:

We schedule a busy week of work meetings in the day

and seeing friends in the evening

and a weekend break in another city

we’ll watch three films, read 14 newspapers,

and drink 30 coffees

and then we lament that our lives are never calm

and we are close to mental collapse.

We refuse to remember that, like babies, we need rest too

And so we get anxiety: anxiety is our mind telling us it is tired from too much stimulation.

We need less stimulation, and more rest. We need to simplify our lives:

How? Here are some ideas:

1. Fewer People; fewer commitments

We need to recognise that what is physically possible for us to achieve in a day is not

psychologically wise.

Doing the max physically possible ultimately leads to a breakdown.

2. Sleep

at least seven hours.

Or if we can’t manage it, we need to at least recognize that we are over-tired

and that the cure for our life problems is not divorce or a new profession: it’s to get more sleep.

3. Media

What we’re taking in when we check our phones is perhaps the single greatest contributor to our mental ill-health.

We can now learn about everything that is wrong in the world,

but we also need to not know:

because we cannot change anything,

because the stories are too depressing and our minds are fragile,

because we have responsibilities closer to home

4. Thinking

Insomnia and anxiety are the mind’s revenge for not having enough time to rest and reflect

the solution is, we need to have time to do nothing but lie in bed with a pad and paper in order to reflect on:

– What is making me anxious?

– Who has caused me pain and how?

– What is exciting me?

5. Expectations

Of course, it might be pleasant to be extraordinary,famous and world-beating,

but maybe it will be an even greater achievement to stay sane and kind.

We are not backing away from a challenge, we’re simply shifting our sense

of what the real challenge might be: to recognize and make peace with our limits.

As we’re discovering, excitement

is fun for a time; but it also kills.

Simplicity is true wisdom; we need more naps.

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Ok that’s all from today’s article

今日の記事読み上げながら、まとめながら、訳しながら、ながらがらがらがら・・・以上ですね!

Hey Simon what do you think?

私に一コメントさせていただければ・・・

Let me get my tea…sound effect…so I can do some drinking with my thinking….

That’s what I think – thanks for letting me vent!

気持ちを吐き出させてくれて・・・ありがとうね❤

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Hey listeners what do you think?

Your turn to vent!

Would you like some tea?

1.Are you too busy? Is your life too full of busy stuff?

2. Have you tried to address this? Have you thought about trying to address this, to make your life less busy and less stressed? And if so what have you done, what worked and what didn’t?

どうぞ vent your thoughts and feelings on this issue – send me an email!

Bonus Section: Full Script from today’s video:

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It is well understood by good parents that

life should only ever get so exciting for

a baby: after friends have come around and

brought presents and made animated faces,

after there has been some cake and some cuddles,

after there have been a lot of bright lights

and perhaps some songs too, enough is enough.

The baby will start to look stern and then

burst into tears and the wise parent knows

that nothing is particularly wrong (though

the baby may by now be wailing): it is just

time for a nap. The brain needs to process,

digest and divide up the welter of experiences

that have been ingested, and so the curtains

are drawn, baby is laid down next to the soft

toys and soon it is asleep and calm descends.

Everyone knows that life is going to be a

lot more manageable again in an hour.

Sadly, we exercise no such caution with ourselves.

We schedule a week in which we will see friends

every night, in which we’ll do 12 meetings

(three of them requiring a lot of preparation),

where we’ll make a quick overnight dash

to another country on the Wednesday, where

we’ll watch three films, read 14 newspapers,

change six pairs of sheets, have five heavily

meals after 8pm and drink 30 coffees – and

then we lament that our lives are not as calm

as they might be and that we are close to

mental collapse.

We refuse to take seriously how much of our

babyhood is left inside our adult selves – and

therefore, how much care we have to take to

keep things simple and very very calm. What

registers as anxiety is typically no freakish

phenomenon; it is the mind’s logical enraged

plea not to be continuously and exhaustingly

overstimulated.

What are some of the things we may need to

do to simplify our lives:

Fewer People; fewer commitments

It is theoretically a privilege to have a

lot of people to see and things to do. It

is also – psychologically-speaking – exhausting

and ultimately rather dangerous.

The manner of expression is a little dated

and brutal, and one might want to quibble

over the exact timings, but this point from

Nietzsche remains acute:

“Today as always, men fall into two groups:

slaves and free men. Whoever does not have

two-thirds of his day for himself, is a slave,

whatever he may be: a statesman, a businessman,

an official, or a scholar.”

We need to recognise that what is physically

possible for us to achieve in a day is not,

for that matter, psychologically wise or plausible.

It may well be feasible to nip over to a foreign

capital or two in a day and run a company

alongside managing a household but nor should

we be surprised if such routines ultimately

contribute to a breakdown.

Sleep

Plenty of it of course; at least seven hours.

Or if we can’t manage it, we need at a minimum

fully to recognise how much we are deprived,

so that we won’t aggravate our sorrows by

searching for abstruse explanations for them.

We don’t necessarily have to get divorced,

retrain in a completely different profession

or move country: we just need to get some

more rest.

Media

What we’re taking in when we check our phones

is perhaps the single greatest contributor

to our mental ill-health. For most of history,

it was inconceivable that there could ever

be such a thing as ‘too much news’. Information

from political circles or foreign countries

was rare, prized and expensive (it was as

unlikely that one could gorge oneself on it

as one could on chocolate bars). But since

the middle of the twentieth century, news

has been commodified and, in the process,

it has become a major – though still too little

known – risk to our mental survival.

Every minute of every day presents us with

untold options for filling our minds with

the mania, exploits, disasters, furies, reversals,

ambitions, triumphs, insanity and cataclysms

of strangers around our benighted planet.

Always, news organisations speak of our need

to know – and to need to know right now. But

what they have left out is our equally great,

and often even greater need not to know: because

we cannot change anything, because the stories

are too violent, dispiriting and sad, because

our minds are fragile, because we have responsibilities

closer to home, because we need to lead our

own lives rather than be torn apart by stories

of the lives of others who are ultimately

as remote from and irrelevant to us as the

inhabitants of the Egyptian court of King

Sneferu in late 2,613 BC.

Thinking

Insomnia and anxiety are the mind’s revenge

for all the thoughts we refuse to have consciously

in the day. In order to be able to find rest,

we need to carve off chunks of time where

we have nothing to do other than lie in bed

with a pad and paper in order to think. We

need to consider three topics in particular:

– What is making me anxious?

– Who has caused me pain and how?

– What is exciting me?

We need to sift through the chaotic contents

of our minds. Every hour of living requires

at least ten minutes of sifting.

Expectations

Of course, it might be pleasant to be extraordinary,

famous and world-beating, but maybe it will

be an even greater achievement to stay sane

and kind. We might opt not to conquer the

world in favour of living a longer, and more

serene life. We are not backing away from

a challenge, we’re simply shifting our sense

of what the real challenge might be – and

more importantly where the real rewards may

lie. A quiet life isn’t necessarily one

of resignation or flight, it may constitute

a supremely wise recognition that the truly

satisfying things are available away from

the spotlight and the big cities, on modest

salaries and as far as possible from the manic,

sleepless competition to ‘win’ the professional

status race. As we’re discovering, excitement

is fun for a time; but it also kills. Simplicity

is true wisdom; we need more naps.

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