The Death of Awe in the Age of Awesome
Henry Wismayer
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Yes, awe used to be easy to come by for our stone-age forefathers.

Today, our standards are quite exacting to get us awed. What could awe us now would have to be something worlds away from the simple extraordinary of our ancestors.

However, there’s an advantage. Awe today is ready-made. We don’t even have to look up from our screens to experience awe. If it’s an astronomer’s view of the earth from space that could awe us, it’s there on our screens.

All we have to do is drag ourselves from the dopamine-tipped distractions of the internet world for a few minutes to feel awe. And when we do that, we find awe is still an intriguing, yet powerful experience.