Tuesday, October 17, 2006

The Evolution - Or Possibly Devolution - Of A (gulp) Curmudgeon?

Like butterflies, human beings go through metamorphoses, or stages of development. How wondrous is it that something as homely as a lowly cocoon develops at its appointed time into a majestic butterfly? Humans, too, evolve from something amorphous into amazingly complex, sentient creatures. The young human being can be compared to a lump of clay – plain, colorless, and without form. As the clay is worked by the skilled hands of life, it soon takes shape and becomes something magnificent. The results are, of course, always much better when the clay is worked by the likes of a Michelangelo rather than, say, a kindergartener.

I’ve been through the stages, as have we all. We go from cute and malleable infant to cute but possibly surly child; from moody, nihilistic teenager to idealistic young adult; and from tolerant mature adult to … intolerant mature adult? “What?!” I know you’re saying.

I see it in myself, and I wonder how many other adults experience the same roller coaster of emotions? There was a time when I was tolerant of everyone and everything – and I mean Every. Thing. To be regarded as remotely judgmental or parochial minded, even by myself (especially by myself), would have been anathema when I was in my 20s and 30s. As I age, however, I find that my tolerance quotient is diminishing exponentially. All the time, I catch myself yelling “You moron!” "Are you insane?!" “You pervert!” (and depending on how ticked I am, I may yell out which kind of pervert) when someone does something annoying. The scary thing is, it doesn’t even have to be any huge deal. Minor annoyances can bend me out of shape these days. Is this the early onset of curmudgeonry?

Some things just tick me off no end, things like

* Liars
* Players and poseurs
* Deliberately obtuse people
* Rude, crude, obnoxious people
* Disregard for rules
* Propaganda
* Egotism
* Things that break long before they should
* Inflation
* Intentional cruelty
* People with no self-control
* Hypochondriacs
* The rise in crime
* The decrease of civility
* Psychobabble
* Theft of anything at all, tangible or intangible
* Rampant phoniness
* Exhibitionists
* Excuses for every kind of aberrant behavior
* Today’s political climate
* Pat Robertson, George Allen, Bill O’Reily, etc., yada-yada, ad infinitum, ad nauseam – you get my drift

My God, I have become a curmudgeon, haven’t I? Shhhh! Don't answer that. I could yell something at you.


kanrei said...

In fear of my security I refuse to answer any question posed by a curmudgeon. Not that you are one...

Serena Joy said...

Good call. LOL.

RexZeitgiest said...

Whats wrong with being a exhibitionsist? We are all verbal exhibitionist in our own way.....Everday we blog about our lives, we are hanging our butts out the window of the internet...

All the while screaming ....YAHHHHHOOOOOOO!

Serena Joy said...

This is true, of course. As bloggers, we're exhibitionists to a degree. My beef is with those folks who are constantly vying for attention, screaming "Look at me!" On this particular day, Madonna comes to mind.

I scream, you scream, we all scream YAHHHHHOOOOOO!

Anonymous said...

I hate the PDA people. Those couples on public display make me sick. Call it jealousy. Call it bitterness. Call me Aqualung. I hate it =D

Serena Joy said...

Jethro Tull, is that you? I think our heads are in the same place today. I hear you on the public display couples. Sometimes they can't help it when they make the gossip rags, but a lot of the time they actively seek headlines and they'll do outrageous stuff to get there. Pssst -- did you see that Rex has Paris? LOL.

Anonymous said...

Sorta..I am not Jethro Tull. I am Aqualung. The concept of the album is the story of Aqualung who is a homeless old man who likes to "watch pretty panties roam".

Serena Joy said...

Well. Better pretty panties than ugly ones, I guess. LOL.

Liz said...

That doesn't sound at all curmudgeonly to me. Perfectly normal in fact.

It's the rest of the younger world who've got it wrong.

Serena Joy said...

Liz, thank you so much for validating my suspicion that I'm not the crazy one. :)

Moristotle said...

Gawd, Serena, your l-o-n-g list of things that tick you off. I see what you mean about wanting, perhaps, to have a less "curmudgeonly" attitude! Bless you, I think your desires are pure of heart.

Serena Joy said...

LOL, Mori. I try. I will, however, probably be doing some yelling this weekend -- I got the Woodward book yesterday.