Whittling the World Down to a More Manageable Size

The world is so huge that people are always getting lost in it. There are too many ideas and things and people, too many distractions to go. I was starting to believe that the reason it matters to care passionately about something is that it whittles the world down to a more manageable size.

—Susan Orlean, The Orchid Thief

 

The desire to be famous as well as to know and be identified with famous people is in a sense also an attempt to scale the world to our size, to form a familiar community of shared knowledge out of a universe of information, and to be assured that we are as human as the next person. Even if it takes the phenomenon of gossip to prove it.

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