One of the early themes I picked up on during this study abroad is that there are many themes to be picked up on through the recurring connections we make in different areas of our lives.
Moving on from that redundant and circular sentence, I’d like to make note of another recurring theme that I’ve started to notice lately. That theme is the rejection of boredom.
As a young child I had two favorite quotes. The first was, “I want something sweet to eat!” The other was, “Mom, I’m bored. What can I do?” So clearly, this theme is one I’m already well acquainted with, but seeing it resurface has forced me to take a second look at the implications of the great evil that is boredom.
I recently began re-watching the BBC series Sherlock. It seemed a fitting choice since we’re only a stone’s throw away from the famous detective’s residence on Baker Street. In the show, Sherlock Holmes is fascinated with solving each mind-boggling puzzle he comes across. However, he often couldn’t care less about the lives at stake. He lives to solve these mysteries not because he wants to help people, but rather because they provide a distraction from his mundane everyday life. He wishes to escape boredom.
The philosopher Søren Kierkegaard is quoted as saying that boredom is the root of all evil. However, boredom can also be a motivator. When Sitting around with nothing to do, I feel the need to seek out more work to keep me busy. I need to stay in motion and roll with the changes that come to me or else suffer the consequences of remaining where I am. The goal is to push away from the boredom as soon as it starts to creep in, in order to avoid getting stuck in a rut of unfulfilling, or worse, non-existent work.
“Boredom is the root of all evil. It is very curious that boredom, which itself has such a calm and sedate nature, can have such a capacity to initiate motion. The effect that boredom brings about is absolutely magical, but this effect is one not of attraction but of repulsion.” – Søren Kierkegaard
At work, our boss stresses the importance of not being boring to our clients. For example, the video we made last week couldn’t be like any other video they might expect. It had to be different in order to stand out. People don’t want to see the same thing over and over again, they want something new. They also want something of quality. I believe Tobias and Tobias can provide that quality. We have a very skilled team of individuals who are amazing at what they do. I think what our boss wants to see from us as interns is the ability to provide something different for the company. A fresh set of eyes. A new perspective.
Here’s some supplementary reading…in case you’re bored…