Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Things I Hate (and Love)

Currently reading: Veronica, by Mary Gaitskill.

Holy shit, is this a good book that all should read. Dark and difficult, but gorgeous. Not so timely considering what I have faced lately, but excellent nonetheless, particularly given that the subject matter has been visited by so many other inferior, cliche-ridden products.

What do I hate in people?

  • Lack of self-awareness
  • Dishonesty
  • Ignorance (not to be confused with stupidity, which is forgivable as it cannot be helped)
  • Self-definition (for example, "I am/am not a [blank] kind of person.") Shut up. If you have to actually say that, you are being self-defining, and therefore counterfeit. This is not to be confused with self-awareness, which is a good thing. Self-aware = good. Self-defining = bad. Interestingly, being self-defining has a whole lot to do with failing to or not wanting to be self-aware. Stop goddamn posing and trying and just BE.
  • Oh, and dishonesty
  • Did I mention I have no tolerance for dishonesty? Or lack of character in general?

Edit: Whoops, I realized it's Valentine's Day and maybe I should also talk about things I love (duh) in people:

  • Authenticity.
  • Generosity. The kind of limitless, sincere, kind, thankless generosity that exists regardless of whether someone is looking or not.
  • Integrity. Boy is this a quality that is hard to find these days.
  • Strength. The kind that makes you able to stand by your decisions and take responsibility for your actions, right or wrong, without blaming others or taking the weasely way out.
  • Character. You know when to be loyal, and forgiving, and kind, and know the difference between when it is deserved and when you must let go.
  • Laughter. OK, not a quality, but still. Because you gotta laugh, yo.

So that's that! Happy Valentine's Day, ya'll. And thank you for the flowers, my sweet, beautiful nephew and his dad and mom (who both possess all of the above qualities in spades). :)


Blogger Mr. Weller said...

Your distinction between self-awareness and self-definition is interesting. I'm not sure I agree, but it's food for thought...gristle for the mill...something to put in my pipe (or type) and smoke. (I am not the sort of person who uses cliches in threes.)

8:47 PM CDT  

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