Minute Meditation on Human Dis-Ease

A Summary of Blaise Pascal’s Reflections on Diversions

I shall briefly make three points about dis-ease: The particular, the general and a second person singular and plural application.

First, in particular, dis-ease is not a disease of the body. Rather, dis-ease is a lack of ease or inner discontent, an uncomfortable feeling of being with oneself, resulting in a flight from the self.

Second, in general, many people cannot bear being still; so they move incessantly from one activity to another, attempting to escape from themselves. The “existential vacuum,” their inner emptiness, may manifest itself during moments of stillness or silence. In other words, they “run” from their emptiness by trying to fill it with activities that don’t really satisfy the human heart. They may also run for fear of what they might see inside themselves, which “wells up” from their conscience in moments of stillness or silence.

Third, the second person singular and plural application of dis-ease is this: No matter how fast nor how far you go; no matter what you do nor how often you do it, there is one human person from whom there is no escaping, namely, yourself! So, in moments of silence or stillness, learn to become comfortable being inside your skin; for in such moments, you will “meet” and come to know yourself; not only that, you may also find God within you, an ever-present companion along life’s way.