Day 49 - Horror Vacui

Horror vacui is a beautiful Latin term that refers to fear of empty space. The term is used to describe art filled with complex detail. While the term is generally used to describe visual representation, it can also be applied to other phenomena. In the book "The Quick and the Dead," Pavel Tatsouline (the man who introduced the West to the kettlebell) uses horror vacui to describe people's inability to embrace minimalism, choosing instead to adopt training programs that are filled with complexity and fancy machinery. If we apply the term to human interaction, we find some explanations as to why people talk so much about so little. When many people talk about their vacation, they spare you no detail. A half hour to describe their feelings as they sat on the beach. Ask someone how their day went, and their description lasts almost as long as the day itself. Think about television shows like Gilmore Girls, where the characters cannot stop talking and moving and creating drama even for a second. Now contrast this with a masterful storyteller, someone who can tell you capture the magnificence of nature or the universe, say, in five to ten minutes. Think about the person who says relatively little and then, choosing to speak or even utter a single word, captures your interest and makes you want to hear more. And what about the musicians who can write a timeless masterpiece with just a few chords.These people relish and crave empty space. They are the angels of the gods of entertainment.


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