I understand that we strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, and long life. But what does it mean to strive for dullness?

We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness.

Context: Thinking Like a Mountain By Aldo Leopold

  • Dull, as in a prosaic life. Jan 19, 2017 at 5:57
  • Dullness: lack of excitement. As in, most of us want a sheltered life. However exciting I think Jack Bauer's life must be, I wouldn't trade 24 hours with him.
    – Tushar Raj
    Jan 19, 2017 at 5:59
  • So, it means being comfort?
    – Sasan
    Jan 19, 2017 at 6:02
  • No, it means safe. Jan 20, 2017 at 12:26

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Dullness, as described by the Free Dictionary, has several senses. The primary sense has the synonym "boring." There is a second sense which means "stupid" but in the context cited, "boring" and not "stupid" is the intended sense of the word.

Dullness is not a word with a connotation as positive as "comfort", instead it is merely a lack of excitement.

The sense of the entire phrase is akin to the allegedly Chinese curse: "May you live in interesting times."

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