Thursday, September 10, 2009

someone on the radio...

.. just said something brilliant.

She was discussing worry -- and she said that she used to worry about breast cancer and other kinds of cancer. She spent a lot of time and energy doing so, having things cut off etc..

She decided that she was going to stop worrying about it. Her reason was simple, worrying about it doesn't prevent it and IF it happened, she didn't want her time 'before' to be wasted worrying about it. Also, worrying about it just increases the pain from something that will already be difficult to deal with.

3 comments:

lelangir said...

is that what you'd call nihilism? I don't know.

Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

I wouldn't call it nihilism -- unless it's really broadly defined..

Rather, the point is to live in the moment for some aspects of your life because worry about what MIGHT happen. That kind of worry only hurts the present without any ability to prevent the bad things from happening.

Seeking Solace said...

Nihilism or not, it's good advice.