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Personally I could not stand waking up everyday and go through the same thing everyday. It'd drive me nuts not knowing that I at least tried to discover what the world has to offer. Has the human spirit in it's core and essence not always longed for adventure and discovery? Have our desire for adventure been stripped away by contemporary consumerism and a civilized lifestyle?

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I think desire for adventure is part of the human spirit, though to varying degrees in different people. There's always been a trade-off between safety and freedom. We've given up many of our freedoms for the convenience and safety of modern consumer society. I don't think the desire for adventure has been stripped away, but rather we've lost touch with it. In fact I think this disconnect explains, at least in part, the widespread anxiety and depression. It reminds me of what happens when wild animals are caged. You can take the animal out of the wild, but you can't take the wild out of the animal. Over time we lose touch with our desire for adventure, and thus with ourselves, but it never goes away. This is why it's important that we try new things and continue learning throughout our lives. Otherwise our existence is pointless.

answered ago by Executive (26,610 points)  

+1 I agree totally.

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I am an adventurer. I've traveled the world, but not quite the seven seas. I've been on 4 of the seven continents, and have lived and stayed in places most from the west would shun as barbaric.

I couldn't imagine my life any other way... As said by Rene Descartes:

"... as soon as my age permitted me to pass from under the control of my instructors, I entirely abandoned the study of letters, and resolved no longer to seek any other science than the knowledge of myself, or of the great book of the world. I spent the remainder of my youth in traveling, in visiting courts and armies, in holding intercourse with men of different dispositions and ranks, in collecting varied experience, in proving myself in the different situations into which fortune threw me, and, above all, in making such reflection on the matter of my experience as to secure my improvement."

For me, the journey is the destination...

answered ago by N00b 3.0 (905 points)  
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I used to be like you but then it becomes really comfortable to stay inside and atrophy. Especially with the current worldwide situation. We are all different in the end our future also is determined by how our skills and abilities lead us, they can facilitate our dream or make them out of reach and seem impossible.

answered ago by N00b 101 (20 points)  
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It did drive me nuts, I went on an adventure. Now I'm back to nuts, still dreaming of adventure... Trying to figure out how to provide shelter and food, but still be able to adventure. Somewhere I made a mistake and can't fix it.

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My lifestyle is everyday boredom but it might be perceived by you as the greatest adventure of your lifetime.

answered ago by N00b 101 (160 points)  

Indeed it's all about perspective. Why would I consider you the greatest adventurer known to man??

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I like repetitive stuff because you can discover a lot of new things that you couldn't otherwise. This I learnt once I started to look beyond things, it's very common to be told to go and look for adventures and how a routine is bad or a boring thing.

Like in everything having a balance is key. I like to have or force myself to break structures in a controlled environment to boost my adaptability and reactions but I also force myself to stuck into a routine to improve my discipline and learn how something works.

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Everyone prefers different ways of life. Personally I'd go mad with that type of lifestyle. But hey; glad we are each one to their own.

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I love both. Routine and normalcy is fun and soothing for me but adventures every now and then are great too. It makes you appreciate doing fun things and also appreciate normal life. Having a normal life is really under rated.

answered ago by Novice (1,675 points)  
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To be honest,
a little bit of both.

I'm content in a repetitive lifestyle and long for adventure. I generally stay at home whenever I can, but I want to know the truth about the world around me. Really, the bulk of my "adventures" have been in one place, in my mind. I've been wrong a lot, of course, but I have gotten consistently closer to truth. Perhaps I'm taking my answer in a direction that wasn't intended for this question, but I think this is suitable. I don't know if the "human spirit" exists, so I can't say if it has always longed for adventure or not. Consumerism has definitely done lots of damage to a lot of things perceived as "human:" empathy, consciousness, responsibility...I think following from that it wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say it has stripped away the desire for adventure of some. As for "civilized" lifestyle, it's only certain aspects of it that do damage, consumerism^ being one of them.

answered ago by Novice (1,735 points)  
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Personally, I really enjoy a very unchanging schedule/routine. Life can be very stressful and inconsistent and that can get out of hand, but I've found that stress and anxiety can be managed easier if you have set schedules and routines for yourself, allowing yourself relaxation in a way because you know exactly whats going on. However, of course, life is very unpredictable and I think its a crucial part of maturing that we learn how to adapt, sometimes rapidly, to an evolving situation we weren't prepared for. In short, routine can be a great thing, but always be prepared for little bumps in the road along the way.

answered ago by N00b 101 (200 points)