burned out

“Burned-out” is a linguistic reference to rockets.

Today burnout implies you have a weakness: a stressed gasket or aorta, an o-ring or an esophageal sphincter that can’t handle the pressure. Your psychological ‘deficiency’ manifests as physiological incapacity: you can no longer keep up.

More accurately, burnout is from overuse: a system burns you as an expenditure to test limits.

In this framing, you are a sacrifice on a pyre of productivity: a captive burned to appease monstrous gods.

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