Tuesday, June 03, 2003

Roberto Rivera passionately challenges us to be ordinary. A humorous, but insightful excerpt:

If you look closely, you'll see signs of a culture-wide flight from the ordinary and the quotidian. Why, aside from a blood-alcohol level best measured in whole numbers, do people risk expulsion, arrest, and a possible butt-whipping by jumping onto the field at Comiskey Park? Why do seemingly intelligent people risk rejection and humiliation before millions of strangers by volunteering—no, competing—for a slot on "reality television" shows? And, why oh why do people who, to paraphrase J. Budzisewski, cannot not know that they can't sing, subject themselves to certain verbal abuse by Simon Cowell on American Idol?

Because they believe that the alternative, an ordinary anonymous existence, is even worse.

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