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On the degradation of taste and interest with age
Many clever, energetic and generally interesting people with age have an objective degradation of tastes. This applies to both literature, music and film, as well as creative manifestations. Watching my parents, relatives, and talking with older people, I came to the conclusion that this degeneration is associated with unsolved problems that people do not want to solve. This causes serious internal contradictions and gradual degradation of the psyche.Music, hobbies, etc., are no longer used “to manifest / find themselves”, but play the role of compensatory mechanisms that distract from problems.
Easier to explain with an example. Take a young man who is interested in music, experimenting with different crafts, trying himself in different types of creativity. Then he marries the first girl she finds just because her parents are “dripping on their brains,” which is already time.When hormonal euphoria ends, it turns out that young people have nothing in common that they do not love each other. But they are already married and the wife insists on preserving him, she is ready to close her eyes to the fact that the spouses do not fit each other perfectly, to endure anything, as long as there are family and children. At any cost, dragging your family and husband on you.
Naturally, this is all bad.But an immature man is afraid to take the initiative, thinks that the family will not interfere with his interests, and leaves everything as it is.As a result, he lives with an unloved woman for several decades, experiencing daily stress. The wife and parents inspire our hero that his interests mean nothing, you have to be a "normal guy" and deal with "serious things."
He no longer has the strength for creative search and self-realization, I just want to forget, to compensate for the stressful effects.It becomes all the same, what to watch and what to listen to, just to stuff the brain with something and not to pay attention to the huge problem in the very center of your life and not to solve anything. Yes, and an inferiority complex, brought up by parents and wife, is forcing more and more to suppress Zhuksvoi sincere aspirations and try to mow under the "normal guy."Gradually, such a life becomes a habit, becomes a mechanical existence, and the connection with its taste and interest atrophies.