If you believed the news then the world is full of change and we are all on the cusp of some crisis affecting the status quo of our lives. In reality I got up this morning, went to work, sat through a load of meetings, and caught the train to go home.Tonight I will face the hardest choice of the day when I have to decide where I will order a take away from.
I am one of 7 billion people on this planet, and if the news affects a million different people a day then it will have an impact on me once every 19 years. This is the reality of real life, for most of us for most of the time it is mundane. As a result we have an existence that is hidden in the middle pages, or a segment just before that quirky animal at the end of the hour. We are page 27 or on at 15.53.
To ourselves in our hyperlocal newscast we are headline news. The slightest drama is a red ticker scrolling across the bottom of the screen. Just like local news it isn’t important, and most likely to be on repeat for the whole day. There are no ‘interesting developments’ and little ‘breaking news’. Looking at Facebook you can see all the people who are Westchester 10 acting like FOX news, with all the hyperbole and mistruths that come with it.
The best we can hope for is a human interest piece, making a large cake or having a cat than van crochet. We can’t all be special otherwise nobody would be, instead we are filler. We are the weather in Des Moines for people in New York or the cricket scores on ESPN during baseball’s off season. By being uninteresting stories it allows us to avoid the exceptional.
This is good because the exceptional is scary, it is big and often bad and would tear apart the very heart of us. The uninteresting is common though and so we should embrace it. It tells us life for the majority is not terrible, it may be bad but it is not terrible.
So we treat the bad as the norm, but when it is all we hear it becomes so easy to ignore it. It has lost its interest. When a president talks about tragedy as routine something has gone wrong. Putting on socks is routine, going to the toilet is routine, going about your day with nothing happening to you is routine.
We have to keep living the uninteresting stories to make sure that this is the life we have and expect. With the way the world is today, who wants to be headline news?