Perpetual Flatness: Heideggerian Boredom and Mankind’s need for God

Boredom has become a massive epidemic in the modern world, and perhaps one of the greatest fears of at least two generations. There is a growing literature on the topic of boredom, however the most thorough treatment on the topic is found in the works of the German philosopher Martian Heidegger. Heidegger argues that there are three levels of boredom, and that the most extreme of these levels is mankind’s fundamental attunement to the world, and therefore a means whereby meaning and purpose can be constructed. It is my contention that though Heidegger can best be seen as a secular philosopher, his understanding of boredom points to an undeniable essential attribute of human nature that can only be satisfied within a Christian theological framework. This paper will begin by presenting a very brief background on Heideggarian thought, before tracing Heidegger’s argument related to the three levels of boredom (bored-by, bored-with, and it-is-boring-for-onself). This will be presented as a secular analysis of what in reality is a spiritual problem, ultimately stemming from mankind’s created purpose of union with God having been forsaken, and the removal of the category of the divine in Modernity.

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