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Hey, all. I am disappointed, as always, when I can’t finagle my schedule so that I am able to attend the “cafe.”
I wish I had had the opportunity to benefit from your collective wisdom last night, as the question this month is one that I’ve been pondering recently. Also a related one: whether striving for excellence, or perhaps even striving at all, is requisite to living a “good life.”
I wish you all an enjoyable passing of the remaining weeks of summer. I’ll see you in September.
“mediocrity has not become the norm: but the accepted norm. there is a difference.”
Isn’t mediocrity by definition the same as average? If you mean what used to be average is not what it is now, I agree, and so what. How could anyone fairly pick one arbitrary point and call is “the standard”.
“whether striving for excellence, or perhaps even striving at all, is requisite to living a “good life.””
I think the potential for happiness is proportional to the level of self-responsibility. Whether that happiness occurs or not (a “good life”) is only about the decision (to resent or enroll oneself) about the responsibilities chosen.
I’m pretty sure the norm bar has always been vacillating at the mediocrity level, as sure as I’m sure there have always been exceptional people and efforts who have actually moved our society and culture ahead… *as there are today* perhaps at higher levels in the sciences and humanities than ever before in history.
I’m involved in the realist branch of painting, and I have to say there are an incredible number of exceptional painters working today … not one could be described as mediocre.