I'm a little slow on some things, like the latest YouTube videos. I just came across this clip called, "Everything's amazing, nobody's happy," featuring the comedian Louis CK on Conan a couple of months ago. If you haven't already seen it, take a look. It's hilarious. He talks about the cynicism most of us have at one time or another over some of the amazing devices we routinely use--such as cell phones and airplanes--that should utterly amaze us. Like when we experience poor service on airpline, we complain, not fully appreciating the fact that we're SITTING IN A CHAIR IN THE SKY!!
After watching the Louis CK clip, i had an epiphany of sorts about amazement. And it wasn't just about the need to be amazed at things like cell phones and airplanes. I'm all for that, but ultimately these are just objects we invent and then produce. They may start out amazing, but they quickly and inevitably become commonplace. Heck, even the bread slicer was amazing at some point in time. (Why do you think we sill use the expression, "That's the best thing since sliced bread"?) No, my epiphany had more to do with being amazed at things over which we have no control, things that exist apart from us.