Opinion | In Praise of Mediocrity - The New York Times


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> But demanding excellence in all that we do can undermine that; it can threaten and even destroy freedom. It steals from us one of life’s greatest rewards — the simple pleasure of doing something you merely, but truly, enjoy.
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Opinion | In Praise of Mediocrity | In Praise of Mediocrity The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. Mr. Wu is the author of “The Attention Merchants: The Epic…
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8 days ago by craniac
Good god, yes.

“Yet here in the United States, the wealthiest country in history, we seem to have forgotten the importance of doing things solely because we enjoy them.

Yes, I know: We are all so very busy. Between work and family and social obligations, where are we supposed to find the time?

But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time. Our “hobbies,” if that’s even the word for them anymore, have become too serious, too demanding, too much an occasion to become anxious about whether you are really the person you claim to be.”
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9 days ago by alexpriest
Lost here is the gentle pursuit of a modest competence, the doing of something just because you enjoy it, not because you are good at it. Hobbies, let me remind you, are supposed to be something different from work. But alien values like “the pursuit of excellence” have crept into and corrupted what was once the realm of leisure, leaving little room for the true amateur.
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9 days ago by amenthes
The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. I’m a little surprised by how many people tell me they have no hobbies. It may seem a small thing, but — at the risk of sounding grandiose — I see it as a sign of a civilization in decline. via Pocket
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9 days ago by domingogallardo
In Praise of Mediocrity The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. Mr. Wu is the author of “The Attention Merchants: The Epic…
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10 days ago by flobosg
In Praise of Mediocrity The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. Mr. Wu is the author of “The Attention Merchants: The Epic…
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10 days ago by urbansheep
In a way that we rarely appreciate, the demands of excellence are at war with what we call freedom. For to permit yourself to do only that which you are good at is to be trapped in a cage whose bars are not steel but self-judgment. Especially when it comes to physical pursuits, but also with many other endeavors, most of us will be truly excellent only at whatever we started doing in our teens. What if you decide in your 40s, as I have, that you want to learn to surf? What if you decide in your 60s that you want to learn to speak Italian? The expectation of excellence can be stultifying.
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11 days ago by christopherming
In Praise of Mediocrity The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. Mr. Wu is the author of “The Attention Merchants: The Epic…
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11 days ago by sricha27
But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time.
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12 days ago by basus
Lest this sound suspiciously like an elaborate plea for people to take more time off from work — well, yes. Though I’d like to put the suggestion more grandly: The promise of our civilization, the point of all our labor and technological progress, is to free us from the struggle for survival and to make room for higher pursuits. But demanding excellence in all that we do can undermine that; it can threaten and even destroy freedom. It steals from us one of life’s greatest rewards — the simple pleasure of doing something you merely, but truly, enjoy.
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12 days ago by petej
In Praise of Mediocrity The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. Mr. Wu is the author of “The Attention Merchants: The Epic…
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But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time. Our “hobbies,” if that’s even the word for them anymore, have become too serious, too demanding, too much an occasion to become anxious about whether you are really the person you claim to be.
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14 days ago by breau
I’m a little surprised by how many people tell me they have no hobbies. It may seem a small thing, but — at the risk of sounding grandiose — I see it as a sign of a civilization in decline. The idea of leisure, after all, is a hard-won achievement; it presupposes that we have overcome the exigencies of brute survival. Yet here in the United States, the wealthiest country in history, we seem to have forgotten the importance of doing things solely because we enjoy them.
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14 days ago by kmt
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In Praise of Mediocrity // I like this a lot. I also think we underestimate two things:
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In Praise of Mediocrity The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. Mr. Wu is the author of “The Attention Merchants: The Epic…
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In praise of mediocrity
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14 days ago by edan
The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure.
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14 days ago by jorgebarba
If you’re a jogger, it is no longer enough to cruise around the block; you’re training for the next marathon. If you’re a painter, you are no longer passing a pleasant afternoon, just you, your watercolors and your water lilies; you are trying to land a gallery show or at least garner a respectable social media following. When your identity is linked to your hobby — you’re a yogi, a surfer, a rock climber — you’d better be good at it, or else who are you? [...]

Especially when it comes to physical pursuits, but also with many other endeavors, most of us will be truly excellent only at whatever we started doing in our teens. What if you decide in your 40s, as I have, that you want to learn to surf? What if you decide in your 60s that you want to learn to speak Italian? The expectation of excellence can be stultifying.
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14 days ago by terry
'There is a real and pure joy, a sweet, childlike delight, that comes from just learning and trying to get better'
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14 days ago by carlfish
Very few people pursuit hobbies just because they enjoy the activity
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15 days ago by simsalis
“But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time. Our ‘hobbies,’ if that’s even the word for them anymore, have become too serious, too demanding, too much an occasion to become anxious about whether you are really the person you claim to be.”
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It's my love of disc golf in the form of a NYT opinion piece.
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15 days ago by pb
The promise of our civilization, the point of all our labor and technological progress, is to free us from the struggle for survival and to make room for higher pursuits. But demanding excellence in all that we do can undermine that; it can threaten and even destroy freedom. It steals from us one of life’s greatest rewards — the simple pleasure of doing something you merely, but truly, en
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15 days ago by leftyotter
.⁦⁩ on “the gentle pursuit of a modest competence”
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The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure. I’m a little surprised by how many people tell me they have no hobbies. It may seem a small thing, but — at the risk of sounding grandiose — I see it as a sign of a civilization in decline.
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"we seem to have forgotten the importance of doing things solely because we enjoy them."
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"we seem to have forgotten the importance of doing things solely because we enjoy them."
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17 days ago by debrouwere
RT atmostbeautiful : 요즘은 뽐내는 사람과 스크린으로 보는 사람으로 나뉜다. 고수의 성취는 높고 경탄할 만하다. 하지만 무엇이든 배우고 조금씩이라도 나아지는 아마추어의 자족감을 아는가. 잘하지 못할 것 같아 안하는 것은 어리석다. 기술 시대의 여가를 누구든지 즐길 수 있어야 한다. http://bit.ly/2IvVFkd September 30, 2018 at 07:22AM http://twitter.com/atmostbeautiful/status/1046163371270189056
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