When a people confine their vision to popular memes, they stifle their own vitality. People who guide their lives by myths and shiboleths hold others back. The person who goes along just to get along will likely encounter mental stagnation. Curious people enjoy fresh, free-flowing thinking. However, the people who outstrip society’s experience run the risk of being misunderstood and oppressed.

Today’s world economy is one example of how stagnation can stymie us. Decades of deindustrialization and wage stagnation resulted in the explosive growth of big-box retailers like WalMart and mass retailers such as Amazon. Relentless, deliberate pressure on both prices and wages enabled such corporations to dominate consumer habits and employment in small and large towns across America. The stagnant local economies fostered cynicism and apathy, which further deepened the power of mega corporations. Getting people motivated to get out of this rut requires leaders with dedication and perserverance.

When working citizens are employed in secure jobs with living salaries and social protection, they are more likely to invest in local economic growth. Doing so increases the health of local economies that are able to overcome the inertia of aging populations and economic stagnation. The catalysts of local growth are vision, courage, and action.

We can extend this scenario to how we individuals can drive out of the ruts which we find ourselves trapped. A frustrating part of individual stagnation is the feeling of hopelessness. Powerful individuals seem to be in control of our lives. We must pay ever higher costs for everyday necessities such as food and utilities, so we are compelled to safely remain in a rut. This stagnation threatens to suffocate our highest goals.

The healthy mind rebels against inertia. People thrive when solving human-size problems. Such a mind craves scenarios to analyze; mysteries to explore; challenges to overcome; and creative, satisfying work. The healthy mind pushes the envelope of numbing, routine existance. There is a craving for intellectual expansion.

Even the artistic mind can become stale. For instance, the concert pianist who is reluctant to extend his repertoire runs the risk of irrelevance. If Beethoven’s Third Concerto is his specialty he might be afraid to perform the Fourth Concerto. If the pianist finds success with the Third Concerto in Minneapolis, he believes it will bring him success at Carnegie Hall in New York. This fosters considerable conservatism; then stagnation soon settles in. To get out of the musical swamp, the pianist must open the dam and allow his fresh performance of the Fourth Concerto to flow into the music hall.

Meantime, I continue to figure out my place in the Universe by working on solutions to situations that cause discomfort and puzzlement. I hope to never become mired in the lazy mindset of apathy and disinterest. A stagnant atmosphere is not a healthy place to live.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Leonardo da Vinci. “Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation… even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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7 Responses to Stagnation

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  2. I definitely felt a sense of stagnation during the pandemic. I know there were people who used the time at home for creative pursuits, but in my case, my mind and soul just felt stagnant. It wasn’t good for me

  3. Stagnation is one of the pitfalls of retirement. Stagnation is harmful mentally and physically. Thanks for the reminder to keep expanding my horizons.

  4. bloom|time says:

    saving this one… great insight

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