Wednesday, July 28, 2010

From Great Expectations to Low

Here are some reasons for no posts in a long time: health issues, both emotional and physical; new pup in the house along with the elderly pup; too much heat and humidity.

But here is the really big reason: Cynicism.
From that follows Frustration.

a feeling of dissatisfaction, often accompanied by anxiety or depression, resulting from unfulfilled needs or unresolved problems.

(one definition)

Below are my exact feelings about my "fellow 'Murcans", mostly the ones here in the so-called heartland:

1, 3. Cynical, pessimistic, sarcastic, satirical imply holding a low opinion of humanity. Cynical suggests a disbelief in the sincerity of human motives


I am sure I'll get over it, again. But each time I go through this it takes longer to have great expectations or even positive expectations.


  1. Here are two comments I got in emails:

    "See there, you DO miss GW. When he was Pres, you could hope that he would die, and
    expect that his term would end sometime. Now that he's gone, where are the hope and


    "it's hard to have great expectations these days -nobody has an interest in our thoughts or probs these days in my opinion everybody has one i suppose-my dog has a big prob i should have him put down but can't bring myself to get it done but will half to one of these days."

  2. I think it helps to express the frustration and cynicism and to be able to commiserate with fellow humans as the corporations take over more and more. I hesitate to comment though, because I feel like I will just bring you and others lower (I am far more disappointed and frustrated at this time than you are). I see things going to hell and every one trying to get us there quick as possible.

    Anyway, I enjoyed reading your post. Actually, I am still ruminating on all that it implies and all those pesky self analysis thoughts that it brings up. You are good at making a person see things without beating them up. Thanks, I think..

  3. Hello there Thomas,
    Comment away. I think you and I are so similar at times.
    I do want to believe there is a little hope for our kids but...
    A friend and I used to call each other when not feeling positive. It would end like this: I know there are a lot of people worse off than I but right now I want to feel sorry for myself-just for a while.

    When your expectations are raised too high, the slide to reality is tough.

    I hope those around you are well.

    thanks for commenting I really am glad you did.

  4. Kanna: There's nothing wrong with taking time off as "personal downtime". Politics should be an avocation, not an all-consuming "job". A democracy won't work if you have to "work" at politics. Sure, be informed, but it should be only a part of your life. Family, friends, community all come first.

    And letting the "news" get you down is all too easy. That's because "news" by definition is "man bites dog", i.e. the bad stuff, the unexpected stuff. You lose perspective if you get too deeply into "the news". The world is full of fun people and fun things to do.

    And... as you point out: sometimes life hits you like a ton of bricks and you have problems like health or home responsibilities that absorb you for a while. That's OK. That's just the rhythm of life.

    Keep plugging away when you have the time. I enjoy dropping by from time to time and seeing what you have to say.