Below is an entire answer to a comment on a blog called "joyfulpapist"
I run it here because - I dunno, it might throw some light on something.
But then, it might not.
The topic on Joyful's blog is, (sigh) gay marriage - the most sinister and civilisation-threatening setback to decency and morality to blight the planet in the last thousand years. Or, some seem to think.
Another contributor (Srdc by avatar) as you see, accused, (if that is le mot juste,) me (AKA Toad) of being: old, cynical and in despair.
“Old cynical and in despair eh?”
I assume you mean Toad, here, Srdc.
Well, let’s see. “Old,” certainly, “Cynical,” most probably, (though I’d say
“skeptical” is nearer the mark) but “in despair”?
I had to think about that
If I can be content, cheerful, amused, absorbed, and keenly interested by life,
and yet still “despair” of the perennial imbecility and folly of the human race, then,
yes I’m in despair.
I think maybe “resigned,” is nearer the mark.
But you are young, at least I get that impression.
Some unasked for geezer
advice: Try to hang on to your optimism, but be aware that it will gradually
fade away over the years of its own account. And you won’t miss it. In fact,
you’ll be glad to see the back of it.
People are very predicatable. You can
always count on them to act in their own interests, as they see them, no matter
what noble noises issue from their mouths.
It is well to be aware of this. By
all means keep on trying to improve the human condition, but be aware that you
won’t, and neither will you be thanked. Not that that matters.
(What a lot of pompous tripe, Toad. Shut up!)
That bit is unanswerable.
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