Give Me Novelty!

We are less bored than our ancestors were, but we are more afraid of boredom. We have come to know, or rather to believe, that boredom is not part of the natural lot of man.” – Bertrand Russell

I’ve logged 62 years in this dysfunctional universe, this upside-down world, and the need for novelty has always been equal to the need for familiarity.  After all, they are part of a polarity.  A polarity can play out in the lukewarm middle, or it can exhibit a barbell look.  Novelty/familiarity has become progressively more barbell like over my lifetime.  But that’s true of a great many polarities since the 1950s.  It’s a measure of obvious dysfunction, of a clear departure from reality, that characterizes developments from the post WW II period to today.  The earlier times weren’t filled with more reality or less dysfunction; it was simply more effectively hidden from most people.  I suspect this is all another sine wave: now more barbell, soon less barbell.  It seems that a previous state can only return when most have forgotten about it.

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