23 June 2005
Sometimes you have to laugh
Can you be cynical and happy at the same time? Bruce says yes, and I'm inclined to agree:
The two states seem at odds with each other. Just how can you assume the worst about everything and still see the good in the world?
It's possible, but not if you remain cynical about everything all the time. I often say that I wouldn't be so cynical if it didn't work so well. I think that's true. People that aren't cynical might never see the absurdity that pervades our lives. And it's that absurdity that can make you happy at unexpected times.
The human condition is indeed fraught with absurdity; if life doesn't make you bust out laughing once in a while, you're not paying attention.
Besides, just because you assume the worst doesn't mean you're invariably going to get it; you've got to allow for the occasional pleasant surprise from things failing to go as badly as you anticipated.Posted at 11:15 AM to Almost Yogurt