Is there some realistic procedure for a human to follow such that nothing will ever bother them again and they will still be alive? I would be very much interested in this.
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This is the basic goal of the project of Greek philosophy that arises from Cynicism and Stoicism -- to be either so deeply authentic personally, or so in tune with Nature that nothing really disrupts ones equanimity.
It got farthest in the Late Academics and Pyrrhic Skepticism.
These two combine in Sextus Empiricus, who elaborated Pyrrhonism in a context cultivated by Academicism, and pretty much preaches a Western analog of Buddhist detachment (which in other ways, given its Greek roots falls far from Buddhism itself -- for instance something like civic peace, a group analog of individual peace and balance, seems to be valued over compassion, although a moderate obligation toward compassion is a corollary).
Sextus' approach to not being bothered was basically to 'bracket' all decisions until they can be authentically accepted.
One must act, but one need not to be committed to the action simply because one has taken it. It is impossible to search its causes for any essential truth, only to tally its probability. And even that fails to a large degree. Nature being inconstant, there is no demand for consistency to be achieved by a person, much less his actions. Beyond that, we can, and therefore should, bracket all considerations where commitment is unnecessary, indefinitely, not forming any opinion, but simply letting them go. That way that there are no pointless considerations complicating the choices beyond the likelihood of choosing the right action based on experience.
Personally, this is a mode I can pursue, and have come close to it at certain points, for years at a time. It becomes a kind of endogenous depression without negative emotional content. One even physically slows down, without that slowness affecting one's effectiveness or ability to act in crisis. It is very strange. And it contradicts a lot of our cultural assumptions about emotion, comfort and effectiveness.
But I have given it up. I feel that we as humans have an obligation to be bothered, and to live with a certain level of tension between our more accepting nature and our drive to think.