On Exalting the Mundane

1 October, 2018

The world is full of people trying to be rock stars, ninja, and Jedi in whatever they’re doing.

The world is full of people who are trying to achieve some kind of nirvana with what they do: task nirvana, writing nirvana, even pocket notebook nirvana. I couldn’t believe that one, either.

Like describing something as an art or a science, this is just another attempt to exalt the mundane. To make something seem more important, more meaningful than it really is.


Is there anything wrong with reveling in the ordinary? Or have we reached the point where everything is a silly game of oneupmanship with friends or a peer group or an online community? A game where we have to add a veneer of complexity and mysticism to everything we do so that it seems more important or challenging or special than it actually is.

Scott Nesbitt