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  • We're continually being bombarded with suggestions about what we might do:

  • go jet skiing, study in Colorado, visit the Maldives, or set up a tech company out west.

  • The modern world makes sure we know at all times just how much is going on out there.

  • It's a culture in which intense and painful doses of FOMO, or fear of missing out, are going to be inevitable.

  • There are two ways of looking at this: romantic or classical.

  • To the romantic temperament, missing out causes immense agony.

  • Somewhere else noble, and interesting, and attractive people are living exactly the life that should be yours.

  • You'd be so happy if only you could be over there at that party with those people

  • working in that agency off Washington Square, or holidaying in that shack in Jutland.

  • Sometimes it just makes you want to burst into tears.

  • The romantic believes in the idea of a defined center, where the most exciting things are happening.

  • At one time it was New York, for a few years it was Berlin, then London, now it's probably San Francisco

  • and in five years it may be Auckland or perhaps Rio.

  • For the romantic, humanity is divided into a large group of the mediocre, and a tribe of the elect:

  • artists, entrepreneurs, the edgy part to the fashion world, and the people doing creative things with tech.

  • As a romantic it's exhausting inside your soul.

  • Your mother sometimes drives you nuts; her life is utterly dull. How can she accept it?

  • Why isn't she itching to move to the Bay Area?

  • She's always suggesting you take a job in Birmingham or inviting you on a walking holiday in the Lake District.

  • Sometimes you're quite rude to her.

  • You avoid certain people like the plague: that shy friend from school who struggles with their weight,

  • the flat mate who's a telecoms engineer, who wants to go into local politics.

  • Being around individuals who are so unglamorous and lacking in ambition can feel pretty fatal.

  • For their part, classically minded people acknowledge that there are, of course, some genuinely marvelous things going on in the world

  • but they doubt that the obvious signs of glamour are a good guide to finding them.

  • The best novel in the world, they like to think

  • is probably not currently winning prizes or storming up the best seller lists,

  • It may be being written at this moment by an arthritic woman living in, the otherwise, unremarkable Latvian town of Liepāja.

  • Classical people are intensely aware that good qualities coexist with some extremely ordinary ones.

  • Everything is rather jumbled up: lamentable taste in jumpers is compatible with extraordinary insight.

  • Academic qualifications can give no indication of true intelligence.

  • Famous people can be dull.

  • Obscure ones can be remarkable.

  • At a perfect launch party drinking sandalwood cocktails at the coolest bar in the world

  • you could be feeling sad and anxious.

  • You might have the deepest conversations of your life with your aunt,

  • even though she likes watching snooker on television and has stopped dying her hair.

  • The classical temperament also fears missing out,

  • but it has a rather different list of things that they're afraid of not enjoying:

  • getting to truly know one's parents, learning to cope well with being alone,

  • appreciating the consoling power of trees and clouds,

  • discovering what their favorite pieces music really mean to them, chatting to a 7 year old child.

  • As these wise souls know: one can indeed miss out on such extremely important things

  • if one's always rushing out a little too intently to find excitement elsewhere

  • heading off in haste to that stylish bar with a see-through elevator packed with some of the city's top creatives.

We're continually being bombarded with suggestions about what we might do:

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Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)

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    Zoey posted on 2017/01/26
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