Essentially human problems


Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote about having to force himself to get out of bed in the morning.

Can you imagine that? It turns out not wanting to get up in the morning isn’t about using your cellphone at night or the hectic concerns of modern life. People have struggled with it for thousands of years.

It’s just a human thing. In the very first group of a dozen humans living in a cave somewhere, there was a cave-teenager who groaned and stubbornly refused to get out of his pile of leaves to hunt and gather. He used vague, sleepy hand motions to communicate to his frustrated cave-parents that he wanted just five more minutes.

It’s reassuring to think of our problems as essentially human. It means that we’re not alone. And it means that we can find someone who found a way to cope with the same struggles we’re having, and learn from them.