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Dear Notch: "Boredom And Isolation" Are Dangerous Words

Markus "Notch" Persson lived the dream: He created something the entire world seemed to love and he sold it for $2.5 billion.

Then he embarked on the quintessential lifestyle of the rich and famous, purchasing that record-breaking $70 million mansion in Beverly Hills and partying with the A-listers. And yet, in a distressing series of Tweets, as summarized at Business Insider, the self-made man has revealed his current conundrum:

Boredom and isolation.

Mr. Persson, you don't know me and I don't know you. But if you're willing to listen, I believe I have the cure. My worthless Psychology degree isn't coming into play here, nor is my general respect for your accomplishments. Firstly, let me say that when I hear the words "boredom" and "isolation," a red flag immediately flies in my head. Such words are clearly marked signs on the long and lonely road that leads to terrible places like Depression-ville and Apathy-town. And of course, you're entitled; after all, what's left to do? You've conquered.

But the key to escaping this alarming funk is this: Life isn't defined by what you've done or what you've earned. Human life is about progress; continually moving forward. This has nothing to do with money, prestige, or fame. Rather, this has everything to do with you. My guess is you spend a lot of time just wandering aimlessly around that amazing home, gazing with increasingly bored and discontented eyes at the past. Because what you see are merely representations of what you've already done; you're constantly accosting your mind with the critically erroneous idea that there isn't anything left to do.

Markus, there's always something left to do. And you are in the enviable position to do whatever you wish. However, the only way you will once again find happiness is to embark on personal growth missions. Find something you love to do, or something you think you might love to do, and try it. Find a new passion. Find several new passions. As a creator, you mind craves activity, as does the human body. Write a play. Train for a marathon. Become a collector of something that stirs your soul. Above all else, don't stop. Your past success is great but it's hardly the end, and it certainly doesn't mean there aren't any other mountains to scale.

Pick another mountain and start climbing. In truth, this is what humans are supposed to do and happiness can only be found in the climb, as the view from the top of one peak only reveals more peaks. Some peaks might be out of reach but you'll never know until you try and it's in the "try" that you will find peace and perhaps even bliss.

Feel free to let us all know how the new climb goes.

Tags: markus notch persson, minecraft creator, gaming industry

8/30/2015 10:03:15 PM Ben Dutka

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Sunday, August 30, 2015 @ 11:39:15 PM

You should tweet this to @notch, see if you can get in contact with him. Do an interview maybe?

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Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 1:28:59 AM

I'm seeing depression first hand (not myself, someone very close to me) and not doing anything to help yourself will send you to dark places. The people who love you can do only so much but the person in question has push themselves out of there funk. That said, I'm having a hard time feeling any empathy for this guy. He has the resources to do whatever he wants. He bought a ridiculous mansion for himself who, I assume, is single and parties with celebrities and yet he's bored and islolated? Look, if your not falling in a deep depression yet get off the damn Twitter grab the friends that you do have bring over your family members to you and freakin go somewhere. Go back to school and get a new degree. Do whatever! Or go talk to a therapist! You don't even need insurance with your net worth! That's all I have to say.

Last edited by Xombito on 8/31/2015 1:31:06 AM

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Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 10:45:35 AM

Huge net worth doesn't make depression any easier to deal with. That said, everyone's reading a lot more into his statements than seems warranted, IMO. People, rich or not, use social media to bitch about the things in their life in a stream of consciousness. Even Notch is aware that what he's going through is a pretty normal thing that will pass, if you read all his tweets on the subject, that he's not on the edge of some dangerous precipice.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 4:41:43 AM

The things you own end up owning you...

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Solid Fantasy
Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 8:01:13 AM

Nice FC reference!

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Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 8:04:35 AM

He could always try lion hunting.

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Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 10:04:36 AM

Hahaha - comment of the day. :D

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Monday, August 31, 2015 @ 5:47:43 PM

Thanks I rather like that one myself. :)

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