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Friday, July 19, 2013

Are we boring ourselves to death?

          I can't tell you how many times I've heard my little nephews and niece say: "It's boring." To them it seems like anything that's not online is boring, including sunsets, nature and life. "It's boring." "That's boring." "I don't wanna go. It'll be boring." A popular song by Collective Soul called "Run" has the lyrics:

Are these times contagious? I've never been this bored before

     So is this the "age of boredom"? Do we need some flashing technological bauble, some racy movie, non-stop 4th of July fireworks to hold our interest?
     Or are we boring ourselves?
     I say we're boring ourselves? Why? Because there are many people in this world that are scintillatingly unbored! They have an endless fascination with life. For them, there is not enough time to explore and discover all the wonders and mysteries, the breadth and majesty, the minutiae and harshness, all that goes into making this magnificent thing we call life.
     And another proof is in the notion that the exact same stimulus affects different people differently. Pick anything. Doesn't matter what it is. Somebody will find it fascinatingly interesting. Doubt me? Google just about anything. (Which reminds me of the George Carlin skit where he says: 'Every word in the English language has been said before, but there are certain combinations of words in phrases that have never been said before, as in, no one has ever said, Please saw off my legs, or no one has said before, Hand me that piano.) But I digress. Yes, Google just about anything, and you will find a large group of people enthusiastically interested in it. Crazy-interested in it.
     Oh, but you've figured something out, have you? Has it been "done to death"?
     Thomas Edison said, "We don't know a millionth of one percent about anything." In other words, no matter how well you know something, there's plenty left for you to explore.
     Maybe it's something that you just haven't looked at closely enough.
     So many people, the mentally ill or perhaps the injured or for whatever reason those with impaired cognitive and sensual functioning, perhaps congenitally, would just LOVE to have the healthy consciousness and senses that you have. They would give anything to explore this big, beautiful world.
     No, life is not boring at all. But through what we make of it, it may seem so.  












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