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The Tortured Life

By: Michael Blankenship |

“To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

“I do the exact same thing now as I did when I was 21 in 1975,” Jerry Seinfeld said in an interview with Howard Stern. 

Stern asks, “What does that mean?”

“I sit. I play with ideas. I go, ‘this is funny’, maybe I wanna joke about the sticker on the back of the minivan… I’m never not working on material, ever. Every second of my existence, I’m thinking, ‘could I do something with that?’”

Stern says, “That to me sounds torturous.”

Jerry says, “Oh it’s like going into the gym every day. You know how you walk in every day and you go, ‘oh geez, I gotta do this again’?”

“It sounds like a tortured life.”

Jerry says, “It is. It is. But you know what? Your blessing in life is when you find the torture you’re comfortable with. That’s marriage. It’s kids. It’s work. It’s exercise. It’s not eating too much… Find the torture you’re comfortable with and you’ll do well.”

Check out the full clip here.

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