How Not to be Boring






One of our great fears, which haunts us when we go out into the world and socialize with others is that we may in our hearts be really rather boring.

But the good news and a fundamental truth too, is that no one is ever truly boring.

They're only in danger of coming across as such when they either fail to understand their deeper selves or don't dare or know how to communicate them to others.

That there is simply no such thing as an inherently boring person or thing is one of the great lessons of art.

Many of the most satisfying artworks don't feature exulted or rare elements.

They are about the ordinary, looked at in a special way with unusual sincerity and openness to unvarnished experience.

Take for example some grasses painted by the Danish artist Christian Kobke in the suburb of Copenhagen in 1833.

Outwardly the scene is utterly unremarkable and could initially appear to be deeply unpromising material for a painting.

And yet, like any great artist, Kobke has known how to interrogate his own perceptions in a fresh unclouded, underivative manner and translated them accurately into his medium, weaving a small masterpiece out of the thread of everyday life.

And just as there's no such thing as a boring riverbank, tree or dandelion, so too they can be no such thing as an inherently boring person.