Jerry Seinfeld on Pain

It might be springtime where you live, but we just got hit with a doozy of a blizzard that dropped over a foot of snow on us.  And it’s still snowing.  Go home, Mother Nature.  You’re clearly drunk.

I thought I would use my time wisely indoors, but I didn’t.  After studying like a maniac for my hellish finals I crashed.  I decided to watch “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”.  Now, I loved “Seinfeld” the TV show, but Jerry Seinfeld the man doesn’t seem quite so affable playing himself.  He’s a bit of a trope really which disappoints me–guy gets rich and famous and doesn’t have to pretend to be a good person anymore because he can buy favor and has more money than he can spend.  You can observe this in the episode with Trevor Noah which is worth watching just to listen to what Trevor Noah has to say.

While Noah and Seinfeld are having coffee, Seinfeld does say something rather notable, and it threw me a bit because, to date, I haven’t heard Jerry Seinfeld say anything noteworthy.

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He illustrated his point by saying:

“When you stub your toe on the foot of the bed, that was a gap in knowledge.  And the pain is a lot of knowledge really quick.  That’s what pain is.”

That is an interesting perspective on pain.  Very rational.  I like it.  I tend to be emotionally driven; so, I appreciate a highly rational perspective on pain.  It brings balance to my overly internalized process which often becomes dangerously introspective and too contemplative.  Perseverative even.

Of course, there is no wisdom here concerning how to deal with whatever new information is causing pain.  It is merely another perspective.  Void of blame and accusation.  I think that’s why it’s appealing.

You may find it to be a useful perspective the next time you stub your toe in real time or metaphorically.

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