面白いとは何か? 面白く生きるには?

Review

I often hear words like "let's do something interesting" and "I think it will be interesting" in business. It's not that it's jarring, but when I ask these people "what's interesting", they often disregard "interesting" or say "it's not interesting at all". Furthermore, there are some people who just "take a pose aiming for something interesting" and have no contents at all.

Since the word "interesting" is abstract, it is often used with neglect. On the other hand, there are also people who pursue "interesting" to the extent that it can be said to be life-threatening and create "interesting". The difference in how "interesting" is used and the feelings of the users is so great that the meaning of "interesting" is also diverse, such as "fun," "useful," "interesting," and "useful."

This book analyzes and explains this difficult word in detail, and introduces how to use "interesting" in many ways. But what's more interesting is that it introduces "interesting" as a sufficient right given to everyone and as a "way of life." In particular, the author's writing for the lonely young generation, which is spelled out in the latter half, gives a comfortable after-reading feeling and also leads to the "interestingness" of living itself.

This is a very valuable book that talks about the essential meaning of "interesting" and its power.

Main points of this book

Point 1

"Interesting" is a word that is used on a daily basis, but it is a truly ambiguous concept. Broadly speaking, there are "interesting" that makes you laugh and "interesting" that makes you intrigued, but there are many that have both elements.

Point 2

"Interesting" is probably an individual "sensory" thing, and there is no easy-to-understand method of "making it interesting this way." Even if a large number of people gather and have a meeting, "interesting" cannot be created.

Point 3

"Interesting" is a sufficient right given to everyone. Living itself is also a journey to find "interesting".

What is "interesting"

"Interesting" is used in various ways

The word "interesting" is used in many ways. When I say it to others, when I praise or seek empathy, this word comes out when I suddenly want to mutter.

Basically, the word "interesting" is reminiscent of a smile. It's an impression of something fun, good, what you want, and what you're happy with. Broadly speaking, it seems that there are "interesting" that makes you laugh and "interesting" that is intriguing. However, it is not exactly separated, and many have both elements.

When used to mean "funny"

When you say something that makes you laugh just by looking at it, it means "funny". For example, comic storytelling and rakugo are something to look forward to laughing at. Even people who make me laugh are said to be "interesting people." On the other hand, if you can't laugh so much, evaluate it as "not interesting". Manzai and rakugo are not often evaluated as "I can't laugh, but they are interesting." There, funnyness is equal to fun.

People laugh are better than crying or getting angry. It's not in good condition because you're laughing, but because you're in good condition, you laugh naturally. Human beings are made like that. As the saying goes, "fortune comes to the laughing gate", "interesting" is an emotion reminiscent of happiness.

When used to mean "get hooked"

"Interesting" has other meanings as well. For example, when you're addicted to something, people find it "interesting." Enthusiasm is a state of concentration of interest, and when you are "interested" in an object, you describe it as "interesting."

This "funny" is clearly different from the "funny" gag laugh. Some people find it "interesting" when faced with difficult problems such as math and puzzles. The face may not be laughing at that time. But they take it seriously and express their feelings with the word "interesting."

It ’s in a good condition for me.

There is also "interesting" with a slightly different nuance. For example, it is sometimes called "interesting" in the sense of "unusual," "tasteful," or "comfortable." When a person in the collection encounters an item that he has never seen before, he shines his eyes and mutters "interesting". Or you may find it "interesting" when you see the elaborate modeling in a Japanese garden or tea room. Or when you play sports and take a break, you may find it "interesting".

What they all have in common is that they are all in a favorable condition for themselves and that they are in a situation that they like. In other words, "satisfaction" may be close.

Is there a way to create "interesting"?

"Interesting" does not come from meetings

What is interesting is a person's "sensory" thing, and there is no definite method to create "interesting". That is why there are many people whose job is to create "interest". Everyone makes trial and error and asks the world about new "interesting" one after another. If accepted by the masses, you can make a lot of money and become a popular person. But it's never easy. This is because there is no know-how that "this is the way to sell".

It is "interesting" that even if a large amount of wisdom is gathered, it will not be realized. All you can see at the meeting is the data that "something has sold in the past." Doing the same thing does not guarantee that it will sell again. Even if it is "interesting", the same content will be disliked.

The reason why collecting wisdom does not solve the problem is that the "interest" is slightly different for each individual. In the end, there is no choice but to fumble for it, relying on individual feelings. In fact, past hits are born that way.

Is "interesting" accidental?

There are many things in the world that are said to be "interesting". They are popular and bring huge profits to producers. If you make something interesting, you can be a successful person. Successful examples of such "interesting" are called "hits".

The popularity is expressed as "hit". That is, it is recognized that something like chance is acting. Because we can't show what the "interesting" is, and no one can reliably reproduce it.

"Interesting" cannot be counted

Evaluation of creative works is different from products whose performance is valuable

For writers, for example, book sales are the most reliable number. If you look online, you can observe the sales rankings every day, and if you observe those changes, you can make a precise analysis.

If the product has performance = product value, everyone may get the same evaluation. However, in the case of creative works, there are cases where it was useful for one person but not for another. This is because the evaluation differs depending on whether or not the purpose of use is met.

Danger of measuring "interesting" with numbers

Since it is the net that scores such factors together, the reliability of the numbers decreases. In particular, entertainment such as novels should be felt by readers in various ways because the evaluation criterion is whether or not it matches the individual sensibility, that is, "interesting".

It may be helpful for those who say "everyone likes good things unconditionally". But for those who feel that their sensibilities are a little different from the general public, it will be a completely meaningless number.

When it comes to the business of "selling if it has a good reputation" instead of selling excellent products, it is easy to make a policy of spending most of the development and production costs on advertising expenses. And if more is used for advertising, the quality of the product will deteriorate. In addition, the recent method of evaluating based on "empathy" can be a factor in losing sight of the true "interestingness".

"Interesting" called "fun"

"Fun" is also "zest for life"

Another word for "interesting" is "fun" or "fun".

Fun "fun" also makes people smile. However, it's not a laughter that makes you laugh, but something that makes you feel excited and happy. And that is exactly what seems to be important, which can be the "zest for life" of human beings.

At that time, the most important factor would be "interest". What an individual is interested in, what they are paying attention to, what they like, what they yearn for, what they feel refreshed, what they are refreshing, what they are crazy about-these are also described as "interesting". To.

What is the fun of work?

If you are young, you may also be very interested in the "fun" of your work. Those who are going to get a job, or those who are dissatisfied with their current workplace and want to change jobs, end up with the word "rewarding" when considering what they expect from their job. They want to have a "fun" job and an "interesting" job.

According to a questionnaire, people who say that their work is "interesting" cite it as "because it's their favorite job", "because they have good relationships in the workplace", and "because they are evaluated as much as they do". On the other hand, those who say that their work is "uninteresting" cite reasons such as "tight", "time restraint", and "bad relationships". When it comes to relationships, it's the exact opposite.

What I found strange was that the answer "when I received the wages" was not given as the "interesting" reason. The author recognizes that work is an exchange of buying painful things and receiving compensation in return. Therefore, if there is "interesting" in work, I think it is best to make money. But it's so natural in itself that no one may answer that.

[Must read point!] "Interesting" and "loneliness"

"Interesting" that depends on others is pathetic

It is impossible to answer in one word about the "interestingness" of life. This is because there are different "interests" depending on the number of people, and one factor does not make life interesting, but various conditions overlap, and as a result, it feels "interesting".

However, there is also "fun" that does not last. For example, a drunken group turns into a mob, attacking people or destroying things, because there are things that make them feel "interesting". But objectively, it's a very "lonely" situation. If you think it's really "interesting", you can do it alone or even in person.

The same danger can be seen in the sights enjoyed by the family. The family is not myself. Each has a life and each has the freedom to live the way they like. On the other hand, if you feel "Let's have fun together" or "It's not interesting unless you're with everyone", you should be aware that there is something mentally lacking.

There is also "fun" that comes from "loneliness"

There is no need to be overly afraid of "loneliness". Solitude is not so terrible in the first place. Neither the worst nor the worst.

In the first place, human beings, when they die, everyone is alone. No matter how many people are around when you die, you don't die together. Where and how you die, you're done when you die. Everyone has no choice but to find their own "interest" and live in loneliness.

That is also the trend these days. Recently, a lot of things like "interesting goods" for individuals have become available. It's a so-called entertainment product. When food, clothing and shelter are almost sufficient, the next thing to come is the supply of personal "interest".

Living is a journey to find fun

Many businesses will continue to create and sell "interesting". Clothing, food and shelter are also shifting toward pursuing more comfortable things as well as supplying what is necessary for living. We are living in an era when more "interesting" things are required.

In the first place, it can be said that living itself is a journey to find "interesting" things. To get "fun", we do some work and maintain our lives. Moreover, even in that work, it provides a service that provides "interestingness" to others. The world is now like an exchange of "fun". "Interesting" is something around the world.

Recommendation of reading

The author explains the word "interesting", which is abstract but often heard, from various angles. However, in addition to analysis and commentary, it is also written that obtaining "interesting" is an equal right for all, and that "living" itself is a journey to gain "interesting". This is wonderful. This book is also a support for those who do not feel "interesting" in the current situation. If you read it, you will come across an "interesting" idea that will pierce your heart.

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