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People talk of FOMO, but not of COMO

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The fear of missing out (FOMO) is so prevalent it has its own acronym, but I’ve become more conscious of the certainty of missing out (COMO). The world simply offers to much — places, people, ideas, knowledge, foods, music, games, sports, books, hobbies, and so on — for anyone to sample more than a small fraction in any depth at all. And anyone can recognize that what most are missing is very good indeed: opera buffs struggle with the idea that some have never become immersed in opera; go players can’t understand why more people don’t play go; Esperantists can’t see why more people are not learning Esperanto; NASCAR enthusiasts, NFL enthusiasts, Shakespeare enthusiasts, MMA enthusiasts, Latin enthusiasts, Formula One enthusiasts, and so on — all are bemused by those who “don’t bother” to learn more about these interests.

FOMO may or may not be a thing. COMO is most definitely a thing.

As an exercise, list all the things in which you know some people have an avid interest and you’ve not explored. I’ll start:

Thai cooking
Sherlock Holmes mania
Experimental music
Downhill skiing
SCUBA diving
Flying gliders
Entomology

It will be a long list.

Written by Leisureguy

22 April 2020 at 5:35 pm

Posted in Daily life

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