More and more people in this overheated environment will be tempted to opt out. They will develop a greater taste for ease and comfort; they will increasingly settle on simplified ideas of reality and conventional ways of thinking; they will fall prey to seductive formulas that offer quick and easy knowledge. They will lose a taste for developing skills that require time and a resilient ego- it can hurt our self-esteem in the initial phase of learning a skill, as we are made so aware of our awkwardness. Such people will rail against the world and blame others for their problems; they will find political justifications for opting out, when in truth they simply cannot handle the challenges of engaging with complexity. In trying to simplify their mental lives, they disconnect themselves from reality and neutralize all of the powers developed by the human brain over so many millions of years.
This desire for what is simple and easy infects all of us; often in ways we are mostly unaware of. The only solution is the following: We must learn how to quiet they anxiety we feel whenever we are confronted with anything that seems complex or chaotic.
Mastery- Robert Greene