In the great balancing act of our social lives, between the gratification of self-interest and a concern for others, fleeting experiences of awe redefine the self in terms of the collective, and orient our actions toward the needs of those around us.

The New York Times answers Why Do We Experience Awe?

2 thoughts on “Why Awe?

  1. Thank you for sharing these Matt! These interesting tidbits on being human have been pivotal for me. Last week you shared a one on being kind. I’m working with a team and read the linked article, which made me rethink my actions to respond in a different way – which changed the end result, ultimately bringing about more team cohesion. This post made me realize that while we constantly push to be more efficient and productive, it’s important to experience awe and to remember that as individuals, we are each part of a collective whole.