There's an old cliché that says that most people do not succeed because they have nothing going for them. Others feel frustrated with their lives for lack of movement; all seems stale and motionless. Philosophically, psychologically, and spiritually it is indeed true that most individuals in today's world are living lives of quiet frustration, with little to ignite or kindle the flame of the human spirit within them. It is as if life is one perpetual stalemate.
Life is lived, but only as a mechanical facade. Hope and optimism are perceived as the fantasizing of one's childhood, replaced with an adult reality that diminishes a childlike wonderment as to life's possibilities. Many feel almost trapped in a vacuum-like existence where only despair seems predictable. In such a state, people feel that their lives are at a halt, and that no matter what they seem to do, they do not appear to move from the same frustrating spot which has become all too familiar, with its demonstrations of barren productivity.
Living in the manner described above is not living, of course, but merely existing. With many, the longer such an existence continues, the more entrenched they seem to become within it. It is almost as if some force, power, or energy seems to hold their life in check preventing it from moving from its present point to any new avenues of experience and subsequent improvement.