This image reminds me — because I almost passed it up and kept scrolling, since I’ve seen images like this a million times — last weekend I went to a roundtable at “The Helix Center for Interdisciplinary Investigation—a division of the New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute” titled “The Alpha and the Omega: Beginning and Ending”. Last weekend was “Alpha: Where does it begin?” and, if you’d like to attend on May 19th at 2:30 p.m., the subject will be “Omega: Where Does It End?”.
At one point, near the end of the discussion, Tim Maudlin observed a sad truth (and I quote this somewhat loosely, as I was taking notes on my phone):
“We’re bored by people living up in the space station. We don’t really know what goes on up there; it’s not amazing anymore. New things become, quickly, old.”
From Neal Stephenson’s Anathem:
“Boredom is a mask frustration wears.”