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In Extraterrestrial Civilizations (1979), Isaac Asimov calculated that there are likely 390 million civilizations in the galaxy, the vast majority of which are far more advanced than we are. He’s not alone in his assumption that there are many intelligent alien species, capable of space flight and therefore a visit to Earth. As human creators and thinkers have attempted to wrap their brain around what these other civilizations’ members might look like.
Fatigue. Fuzziness. Irritability. Exhaustion. Existential dread. These are all symptoms of burnout, an insidious condition borne of our society’s constant need to go-go-go. No matter your profession or area of study, burnout is the inevitable consequence of working too hard. But it’s more than that. It’s a physiological and mental condition that can cause lasting harm — and even if you don’t work too hard, you might come down with a case of burnout.
Scores of people sing the praises of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” Joss Whedon’s groundbreaking show. “Buffy” continues to garner attention, its cast regularly makes the convention circuit, and entire academic journals have been dedicated to the field of “Buffy studies.” The show is known for bringing serious teen issues into the conversation, offering stunning episodes such as “Hush,” and remains one of the only shows to kill off its title character — then bring her back. It is, without a doubt, one of the most influential shows in the history of television.
Several years ago, I tried to kill myself.
In our fast-paced society, we feel a lot of pressure to accomplish a lot of stuff in a small amount of time. That can lead to a crippling fear of failure and a feeling of burnout. Both of these, in turn, lead to procrastination. Don't beat yourself up and think that it's a personal flaw. It's not. It comes down to one simple thing: