1. command or grasp, as of a subject: a mastery of Italian.
2. superiority or victory: mastery over one’s enemies.
3. the act of mastering.
4. expert skill or knowledge.
5. the state of being master; power of command or control.
Only fifty years ago mastery was much easier to come by. Every couple of years you got a new car or a new dishwasher and that was all good. You had time to learn all the features, all the minor nuances of each and every product you bought.
Not anymore, baby!
Today, the average Joe has upwards of a month to learn a product before the new one shows up. Mostly people never master the products or objects in their life at all.
This is the norm for the last 20 years.
Early studies are finding that this dislocation from a feeling of mastery has produced a society wide, low level depression. Not enough to be bad on its own, but when that depression is layered on the many other stresses of life, one could see how a major decline in the quality of life could be sweeping across our country, our world.
They liken it to a buzz, that underlies our lives…a depressive buzz…
Just something to be aware of as we understand and uncover the complexities that are our psychological lives.
Mastery – it’s a cool word too!