Why sometimes dissatisfaction can actually be a good thing.


dis·sat·is·fac·tion  | (ˌ)di(s)-ˌsa-təs-ˈfak-shən\

: a feeling of unhappiness or disapproval

From Merriam-Webster.com

What drives progress?

In a lot of cases it is a bone-deep, soul-chilling dissatisfaction with the current events in a scalable environment.Human beings have a long-standing tradition of struggling with his environment to achieve a higher standard of living. This is probably the reason why we are better off than we used to be in the past.

This morning I woke up feeling particularly pissed off for no particular reason. As I was taking a shower, I felt a wave of rage towards myself. I felt like the routine I follow imprisons me. And then I started thinking.

The way I think of it, is that dissatisfaction is an expression of a desire for the certain things to change, whether it comes from the inside or from the outside. Through that desire for a change, your dissatisfaction nurtures motivation. Often times, being unsatisfied leads to hard work, perfection, and gaining knowledge. So, the fact that I am pissed off, even for no apparent reason, is in essence a good thing, because it means that my subliminal is telling my conscious that something needs to be changed.

During one of the summer nights this camping season, my buddy Stan and I talked about human instincts, emotions and motives. Stan has brought up an interesting point: whenever one is angry at something; the anger isn’t really towards a certain object or a person, but rather towards the individual themselves for not initiating, or otherwise not being able to initiate the change. I did not agree with him at first; but the more I though of it, the more I realized that this might be true.