Big-time synchronicity alert! Cecil’s column on the possibility of death via boredom comes 41 years to the day after this:
Dear World, I am leaving you because I am bored. I feel I have lived long enough. I am leaving you with your worries in this sweet cesspool - good luck.
~~ George Sanders, British actor [“Rebecca”, “All About Eve”, etc., etc.], suicide note, April 25, 1972
LINK TO COLUMN: Can you be bored to death? - The Straight Dope
This one could be even more relevant to Cecil’s topic:
I’m bored with it all.
~~ Winston Churchill, statesman, d. January 24, 1965
Before slipping into a coma. He died 9 days later.
I seriously thought I was the only one to be affected by boredom. I keep blaming it on the fact that I don’t have kids to live through. I sincerely can’t see anything I can accomplish greater than what I have done already. I’m not depressed. I have taken medication for depression and all that did was make me fat and lazy, kind of like a neutered cat.
The gain from this column is that I know I am not alone. The bad thing is that there is not a cure presented.
Noticeably absent from this column is any mention of prisoners. Wouldn’t someone who has been in solitary confinement for years on end be a very relevant example of extreme boredom?
Sherlock Holmes complained of ennui, and took cocaine to self medicate.
I just love a happy ending!