The more one experiences a sense of insignificance and futility the more one is charged with life, joy, fear, compassion. As J. Brodsky spoke at a Dartmouth commencement "In Praise of Boredom":
"Passion is the privilege of the Insignificant."
"She was deprived of presumptions, persuasions, complications, lies, every braided arrangement that made it possible to live." --- Don DeLillo in The Ivory Acrobat