I’ve got a new column up at the Huffington Post (it was originally part of UCF Today‘s “Forum” series, and it’s also been re-printed at Context Florida).
Follow this link to get to Huff Po, and give me a like/share/comment if you dig the column. Here’s the opening:
“When We Say We’re Bored, What Are We Really Saying About Ourselves?”
In late August, three teenagers in Oklahoma targeted and killed a random jogger for no other reason than because they were bored. The story is heartbreaking, maddening, and chilling, and it’s made even more so by their explanation: boredom.
Were these kids really saying that their own entertainment was the most important thing in the world, more important than other lives?
The more I thought about the story, the more I moved beyond my repulsion at just these three teens and considered the word “boredom” itself, how quickly we all employ it, but how little we deserve to use it.