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16 August 2007 @ 12:38 pm
Two most annoying idealisms  
There are two idealisms that are together the most self-deluding perspectives of all.

Foremost is optimism, the kind that says that everything is going to be okay, that there's a reason for everything, and that it'll all turn out all right in the end.

The runner-up is nihilism, which is realistic enough to recognize that everything is flawed and yet remains optimistic enough to think that it will all go away and that the pain will therefore stop.

I'm too old to be idealistic enough to think that the pain ever goes away. Hell, I'm too old to be sitting around writing about "pain" that doesn't come from arthritis, but here I am.
 
 
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Ace Lightning: lightning faeacelightning on August 16th, 2007 11:03 pm (UTC)
there's another kind of idealism besides those two. there's the idealism of those who see clearly that everything around them sucks, but who are determined to make at least one tiny part of it as un-sucky and un-painful as they can manage. sometimes this is done in the hope that enough other people will feel the same way to make a big chunk of it less painful and sucky... and sometimes it's done simply because even a tiny bit less suckage is still less suckage, whether or not it has any meaning on the cosmic scale.
Noah Singman: Noah and Conniensingman on August 17th, 2007 04:42 am (UTC)
You're only using part of the definition of optimism. That's significant to me because I am an optimist. I don't believe that everything will be "okay." However, I prefer to focus on the good things and the hopeful aspects of situations. Being a curmudgeon isn't something I've ever enjoyed.