Trivial repetition as antidote

Much of our life is trivial, banal, and absurd. To give it meaning, we focus on something particular and drive it forward.

The temptation will be to do something grand: become a Mozart or Michelangelo. However, if most of life is trivial, you could choose to excel at the trivial.

Bypassing society’s heroic values through excellently boring repetition would allow you to find an acute (and more accurate) sense of who you are in relation to the world, sans manipulation.

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