In Richard Winter’s excellent book, Still Bored in A Culture of Entertainment, he makes the great point that boredom and selfishness are quite related.
“We are called not only to enjoy the world of God’s creation but also to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. Throughout the Bible we find a strong emphasis on serving others. One of the reasons why boredom has become so much more common is because we have become too preoccupied with looking after ourselves, making sure our needs are met, and to put it bluntly, we have become too selfish.”
“John Ortberg says: ‘Ironically, often the thing that keeps me from experiencing joy is my preoccupation with self. The very selfishness that keeps me from pouring myself out for the joy of others also keeps me from noticing and delighting in the myriad of small gifts God offers each day. This is why Walker Percy describes boredom as the ‘self stuffed with the self'” (p. 137-8).
That’s a great point! By the way, I noticed that you can get this book used – shipped to your door – for $4-$5 on Amazon. This would make good Christmas break reading! I highly recommend it.