The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

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


People that aren't cynical might never see the absurdity that pervades our lives.

Yep. It's the Pollyannas who end up disappointed and bitter.

Posted by: McGehee at 11:35 AM on 23 June 2005

Life is a tragedy to those who feel and a comedy to those who think?

Posted by: Brian J. at 3:17 PM on 23 June 2005

Brian J. beat me to Jean de la Bruyère's observation ("Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.")

Posted by: Dodd at 3:23 PM on 23 June 2005

Sometimes things goes terribly, horribly and absurdly wrong and something good comes out of it.

Posted by: bruce at 5:06 PM on 23 June 2005