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Things that never cease to

Things that never cease to amaze me: the human capacity for tolerance of crappy situations: relationships, parties, conversations. Why do we waste our time on things that we know are not right or that we do not enjoy? We find this coping mechanism inside ourselves that allows us to tolerate these things, and this applies to the deepest and shallowest of situations. On the deeper end, relationships: people staying together "for the kids" or for fear of hurting the other person. On the shallow end: parties where you walk in and know, you just know, it's going to suck. There will be no one there to talk to, save one or two of your closest friends if (thankfully) they happen to be in attendance. But you stay because you don't want to offend anyone, or seem rude.

Why, why, why, do we waste our time on things that are unpleasant? Jobs that we hate, parties that we are not having fun at, and the like?! Why do we not just leave? For some reason, humans have developed this social code that forces us do things that we do not want to do. Why would we do that? Why do we glorify it and call it commitment or responsibility or social graces? Why? Our lives are so short, and yet we waste them in so many ways.

Quote of the Day: "Anything less than extraordinary is a waste of my time." - Dream for an Insomniac

Posted May 12, 2002 10:51 AM | On This Day: 2003