Survival concern focuses mental activity.

It’s part of the reason we don’t want to get too comfortable when it comes to survival matters.

When there is little we have to do for ourselves, mental activity — thinking — increases, especially the experience of anxiety.

That’s ironic, isn’t it? We create comfort to ease anxiety and “discomfort” but end up increasing both.

Upon waking, if you know there is a field to till to care of your family and grave consequences if the work is not accomplished, you’re not going to worry about 99% of what modern man and woman worries about.

That’s the thing about the spirit of work of this kind—it hones and focuses mental activity. It’s why a little discomfort was built into the game—to keep us from getting too comfortable and thinking too much.


I speak from Silence.