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The importance of being more sensitive human.

How can someone not be human? It’s a question that arises without much thought. If you ask what a human does, the first answers you’ll get will be related to biological needs. However, what I want to focus on is the need for rest, a need that has both physical and psychological dimensions.

In today’s society, the “fatigue society,” as philosopher Byung-Chul Han characterizes it, where Burnout (also known as occupational exhaustion syndrome) afflicts not only adults but also teenagers and children, the idea of rest seems like a luxury. In economics, goods that require extremely large sacrifices to obtain are called luxury goods. Rest is now also a luxury good. To keep up with the frantic pace of daily life and obligations, one runs constantly without stopping. Until running becomes a pattern for humans, a way of life that has forgotten daily life without it. Degree, postgraduate studies, work, another job, training, promotion, chase and the next promotion, and you never stop anywhere. Don’t stop because if you stop, you’ll fall behind, and you’ll never reach where you were before. It’s impressive that the majority of people visit a psychologist, not at the first signs of exhaustion, but at the point of advanced exhaustion, saying firmly that “there is no margin for error in my life anymore.”

English lessons that promise that your child will speak English so well by the sixth grade that they’ll be able to give TEDx presentations. What a dream! But who wouldn’t want their ten-year-old child to give a TEDx talk?! What expectations can a parent have for their child after this? What fate awaits the child who, in addition to their already overloaded school schedule, sports, and all their other activities, falls exhausted for sleep at 8 o’clock at night, lucky if they managed to play freely for even an hour on a weekday. Exhausted parents who have to run to excel not only for themselves but also for their child to stand out from the rest.

Perhaps taking a break for reflection wouldn’t be so bad after all; a break where you make decisions about your life with full awareness and not with acquired speed that will later make you wonder where to “catch up” with the situation without bringing chaos around you, it seems to be not only useful but necessary and essential. So maybe you need to give a little more thought next time to the value of your rest. To the value of being human and not just a result-producing machine.

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