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mun·dane      [muhn-deyn, muhn-deyn] Pronunciation KeyShow IPA Pronunciation


1. of or pertaining to this world or earth as contrasted with heaven; worldly; earthly: mundane affairs.
2. common; ordinary; banal; unimaginative.
3. of or pertaining to the world, universe, or earth.

And to think that I thought “mundane” meant boring. What an apt word to describe the life on earth.


Life on earth is meant to be mundane! God created it precisely this way in hope that its mundaneity* would spur us on to look for the real deal. Compared to heaven, earth is indeed mundane. Sadly however, when humans do without a thing for a time long enough, they forget the existence of it. They find themselves adapting to its absent and taking it to be the norm.

We take earth to be all there is, comforting ourselves by busying ourselves around a track without a finish line. In a way, we have assimilated ourselves into a perverted edition of “The Sims”. Leading virtual reality-lives and forgetting reality; we led our reality-lives forgetting eternity. As entertaining as earth was created to be, when placed in comparision with heaven, there can be no word more apt to describle but “mundane”.

“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. If none of my earthly pleasures satisfy it, that does not prove that the universe is a fraud. Probably earthly pleasures were never meant to satisfy it, but only to arouse it, to suggest the real thing.”
-C. S. Lewis: Christian Behavior

*Imaginary word