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Flipping through my copy of "You Are Worthless" (a self-help book by Scott Dikkers, creator of Jim's Journal and Editor-in-Chief of The Onion), I'm surprised to note how much of it is legitimately useful.

Some snippets:
    You often say that you're not doing exactly what you want to be doing with your life. You will continue saying this until you die.

    When you talk, people are only pretending to be interested. Trust me on this. Their head is somewhere else.

    The law of averages would suggest that at some point in your life, someone has referred to you as "that idiot."

    If you had never met your friends, and you had been born in Iraq or something, they would not care if you got bombed. In fact, they might support the idea.

    If they were paid half a million dollars and guaranteed to get off scot-free, most people would have no problem killing you. They've done surveys on this.

    When you're crossing the street, people in cars are making jokes about getting points for running you down.

    Ninety-five percent of the people on this planet live in painful, abject poverty. And you don't care. Heck, none of us do.

    There's nothing very special about your special someone. Anyone would have sufficed.

    Look at that photo you have of you and your best friend - you know, the one where you have your arms around each other and are smiling and looking right at the camera. You may think back fondly to that moment, but, if you'll recall, you were both asked to fake that smile.
So, okay, maybe I'm just imagining the positive message in all of that. At 2am, you can't expect me to articulate it clearly. But, I'll try anyway.

I told someone recently that I don't mind being a hopeless romantic - it's the hope that'll kill me. That ties into it, I think. We just have to be able to let go of our expectations. Don't blow things out of proportion - try to see how common and trivial they are from someone else's eyes. Once you get the hang of that, it's all good.

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pottertilly
May. 1st, 2003 11:43 am (UTC)
Say "cheese"!
coolbean98 happened to mention your entry in her journal... As I wrote in her entry, I thought the same thing she did about bestfriends smiling in photos. For us, we're usually laughing in our photos, so it's definitely genuine. :)

Other than the book you mentioned by Daniel Quinn, I think I might have to get my own copy of this book too!

And I like your point about the "hopeless romantic." Definitely a good thing to keep in mind!
self
May. 1st, 2003 03:18 pm (UTC)
Re: Say "cheese"!
The author says some pretty horrible things, and you have to love him for it. Just don't lose sight of the fact that he's writing for the masses - If it feels like something applies to you, it's either true for or believed by most people at some time or another. Take comfort in that, and laugh at yourself for ever having bought into it.
self
May. 4th, 2003 08:57 pm (UTC)
if you -do- pick up a copy...
You'll probably want to stop reading around page 210.

The most obvious punchline for a book such as this is, of course, a chapter promoting suicide. And the author jumped on it like a rank amateur. Handled well, he had an opportunity to convey something truly life-affirming beneath the surface. But, I don't think he saw it. And without that, he should have quit while he was ahead.
emilyonline
May. 1st, 2003 03:31 pm (UTC)
Loved your profile
And that whole thing about letting go of your expectations--that's key. Much obliged.
self
May. 1st, 2003 04:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
That user icon reminded me of this.
Your composition and color scheme are better than Mr. Starosta's, but you might still appreciate that work, if only for thematic reasons.
(it is best seen with 3D glasses, though)
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