Let’s take a quick look at what awe...isn’t.
Shifted-consciousness-mouth-agape-life-altering-wonderment vs. good pizza - the meaning of awesome in modern day vernacular has been muted. When we use “awesome” interchangeably with “yes,” “thank you,” and “good,” we lose the true meaning of the word.
“Pick you up at 8?” “Awesome, see you then.”
“Here’s the paper you asked for.” “Awesome.”
“How’s your burger?” “Awesome.”
I mean...maybe it is a life changing burger that makes you feel insignificant and wholly connected to the universe, but chances are, your burger would be more aptly described as “delicious.”
Overusing and misusing the word does not take away from the effect when faced with true awe, but it can contribute to the consistent misunderstanding around this powerful and often overlooked emotion.