The banality of the normal

I love this quote from Middlemarch, by Mary Ann Evans.

We do not expect people to be deeply moved by what is not unusual. That element of tragedy which lies in the very fact of frequency, has not yet wrought itself into the coarse emotion of mankind; and perhaps our frames could hardly bear much of it. If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel’s heart beat, and we should die of that roar which lies on the other side of silence.

So much stuff happens that it not noteworthy that we often forget how important it is. I have to remind myself about this when I'm doomscrolling because we love to highlight the negative.

Sometimes you have to be a little optimistic, especially in times like this.

-- Geoff (