Boredom is the biggest effect of locking. I do not suffer because I am always in the habit of worrying about myself to a hysterical state about something or other. Terrorism never gets boring, I would say for that. Boredom is generally considered a bad thing, and I often find myself saying more about the character of the bored person than the boredom of their situation.
But now I wonder if I should embrace a little more boredom. Professionally, we as journalists fear boredom. It can take us to a bad place where bad or terrible news reaches us, which can feel darker than all the thrill or at least better: empty boredom.
With some things like open heart surgery, they are definitely good for causing boredom. Politics is one of them. Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, I spoke with a respected reporter in Washington. “Can you imagine Hillary winning?” He lamented. “It would have been so boring. I would go skiing every weekend.” His and many reporters’ feet never touched the ground again. But at least they were never bored; It never gets boring.
We often talk about the need to involve more people in politics. Trump achieved this by addressing the key issue of engagement in a debatable way: a lot of people find politics very boring. He made it interesting by reasonable means, making it a mockery, sadness and humor, deliberately or accidentally, changing the mood to suit him. This man, driven by the fear of boredom like anything else, has successfully mitigated boredom among American voters. See how it went.
For the sake of heaven, bring back boredom. Joe Biden: You’re a workaholic. The best British for you.
Adrian Chilis is a Guardian columnist