theantijock saidElitist shit.
Rather, what is true is that...
"If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each person's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility." ~~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I like that one. Personally I think people are interesting as individuals and it's society that makes them seem boring. (i.e. we are habituated into patterns of behavior that sap our spontaneity/creativity.)
Yes, and you like it because it speaks to the individual as a human being, not only each with a brain which is the most complex structure known, but each with their own set of tribulations uniquely forging their perceptions.
"A refinery is for silver, a furnace is for gold, but God tries the heart
Seeing each individual for who they are is like looking through the kaleidoscope of humanity and not just being mesmerized by the totality but really noticing how each fragment moves in the mirrors. For some the view is overwelming and so they glaze over it and call it boring. Or they become armchair humanitarians. Why involve yourself in the messy lives of the less fortunate when you can just write a check?
As to sapping creativity, there's this little thing called survival and each individual is just trying to make it to the next day. There's another thread on "life is hard", and it is, and anyone who doesn't think so isn't doing it right.
"If you have no troubles, buy a goat
So we have certain tasks we must perform. But being handed your bag of food from the drive thru doesn't tell you the struggles of the person in the window. And we have so many problems of our own that it is difficult to remain cognizant that others have problems too.
The neighbor to one side of me has a mother who just had an electrode removed from her brain which had given her better control over her Parkinson's. Also she deals daily with her teenage daughter suffering leukemia. The neighbor to the other side of me also has leukemia and a horder wife. Child services frequently visits them. The neighbor across the street from me is so heavy that he drives his garbage cans to the curb. The guy next door to him had been on home dialysis and recently got a transplant, he cares for his daughter in law on home arrest with one of those ankle boxes attached to her. These people aren't boring. They're fucking fascinating.
But if a person grows impatient or indulges their own overinflated ego, if they lack empathy, when they fail to truly get in touch with their own self, then they might see others as boring. Bores find others boring.