Nothing impresses us anymore. We’re all Meh this and Meh that.
In my efforts to understand Meh, I reached for the Google. I found two main definitions I could relate to (now it being the Google and all I am sure there are many more conflicting definitions, but this is what we got).
- exclamation: expressing a lack of interest or enthusiasm
- adjective: uninspiring; unexceptional
One definition places it as an attitude coming from the user about something. The other places the quality of Mehness in the object. To me they are really different meanings that seem similar.
I think it’s a cheap shot to place Mehness madness at the foot of the object. It’s not the generator of the response. As Hamlet likes to say, nothing is good or bad but our thinking makes it so. So it’s us.
And that worries me: expressing a lack of enthusiasm. That can’t be good. I feel I’m surrounded by Meh: a world of Mehers.
We have such a pervasive attitude of Mehness that in order to get our attention makers of almost everything resort to more and more obnoxiousness. Subtlety be damned. If I can’t override your Mehness in the first couple minutes, I’ve lost you. Our propensity for Mehness just bowls everything thing over. We’re on Meh autopilot. Everything is Meh, no reason to stop here. It’s all Meh.
Mehness is like a weed and it’s overgrown the roses on the side of the road we are supposed to stop and smell.
But everything isn’t Meh. The world is filled with intricacies and elaborate delicacies that deserve a little time and are certainly not Meh. True wonders are out there if savored.
We have only ourselves to blame for extreme everything. Things can’t survive if we don’t give our passion to them.
My God, have the balls to care for something. Let people know. Give obnoxious extremism a run for its money.
Are we afraid to show passion for something? I thought the Nerd Revolution (you know, the revolution where it was OK to be really into obscure nerdy things without being mocked) might have given Meh a run for its money.
Fight the Meh Borg. Show passion for something today. It’s worth it. Trust me.