Can deal with complexities

Posted by I'm the penguin | Posted in | Posted on Wednesday, January 05, 2011

So here, I found this:

If You Can..
If you can start the day without caffeine;
If you can get going without pep pills;
If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains;
If you can resist complaining and boring people with your troubles;
If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it;
If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time;
If you can forgive a friend's lack of consideration;
If you can overlook it when those you love take it out on you when, through no fault of your own, something goes wrong;
If you can take criticism and blame without resentment;
If you can ignore a friend's limited education and never correct him;
If you can resist treating a rich friend better than a poor friend;
If you can face the world without lies and deceit;
If you can conquer tension without medical help;
If you can relax without liquor;
If you can sleep without the aid of drugs;
If you can honestly say that deep in your heart you have no prejudice against creed or color, religion or politics; then, my friend, you are almost as good as your dog.

Let me tell you something about this, you know how I love to make complexities out of tiny things.

I think this is some kind of clever-ish way to say that if you want to be rid of all prejudices and common flaws, you ought to be more simple, like your dog. In an attempt to make people realize that our flaws are rather moronic and could be solved by having a simple lifestyle. At least that's what I think the text wants me to think.

Well, I didn't want to see it that way at first, I actually thought it was naming flaws we could all have, and are very human, and even redeemable. I actually thought it was one of those things that was "we all have flaws, it's part of being human, so it goes."

But it's not. It somehow makes you feel uncomfortable about fitting into at least one of the mentioned categories. And guess what? They way I see it is that okay, dogs are not like this and they are happy. But that's because they are happy chasing their tales too, it's just too damn simple. I can't speak for the entire specie, but I think there are some perks to this complexities we have, philosophy, abstraction, tea, Paris... and blogs.

So, if these complexities come with a price, such as vicious flaws, let them come.

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