Where did it go?

4 Comments

  1. Dursin says:

    All I can say is, “I feel your pain.” And I mean that literally and figuratively (sort of). I have always felt that I write more (and maybe better) when times are tough. I’m not some tortured soul, but I just get less inspired when I’m pleased at life. And you said you didn’t think so, maybe there’s part of you that’s the same way. Calling yourself a cynical optimist, though, is probably not accurate, because you’re the most optimtistic person I know. And let’s face it, it’s easier to write about bad things. Otherwise, where’s the conflict and resolution. I don’t know if this is the reason some people cut off their ears or whatever, but it seems like tough times do bring out the creative side of some people. Or, as one of my favorite movie qoutes of all-time says, “Hard times’ll flush the chumps.” (“Oh, Brother, Where art Thou?” in case you were wondering.)

  2. Jay says:

    Calling yourself a cynical optimist, though, is probably not accurate, because you’re the most optimistic person I know.

    I’m optimistic about the smaller things. I let most things slide and assume they will get better. At the same time I think most everyone is hyper-sensitive, about everything and overprotective of everyone.

    We’re breeding common sense out of the species. When you start protecting people from their own stupidity they loose all sense of accountability.

    “It’s not my fault I [insert incredibly stupid/dangerous activity] with my [insert incredibly inappropriate/dangerous tool]. It didn’t say not to.”

  3. Dursin says:

    Agreed. People are far too sensitive these days, some bordering on pretentious, and some crossing the border. But you are generally optimistic, with serious dose of realism thrown in. It’s possible to juggle both. Cynicism (an art I have perfected) is a different kind of realism. probably realism turned up to 11.

  4. Jay says:

    Maybe it just looks cynical from my generally optimistic point of view. :-)