Planting Seeds and Throwing Rocks


underwhelmed
February 12, 2011, 1:40 pm
Filed under: Fighting Boredom, Fighting Noise

A friend asked why he always says “cool” or “nice” when describing something that he knows is “amazing.”  I responded that “we are a constantly underwhelmed generation.”  He asked “why is that?”  This was my response: I think we’ve created a constantly cool world (or at least that perception that is must be) and therefore awesome is the new normal…therefore anything awesome is just normal…but anything less than awesome (like reading, thinking, libraries, or pbs) are lame. And we don’t do lame. We only do awesome. We’ve done awesome so much that anything real seems lame (like having a conversation or eating an apple). It’s like bleached, processed sugar…except everything.

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