Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

It's So Nice Out!

You may be tempted, particularly with the lovely spell of weather we'll have over the next few days, to believe that everything is going to work out. That, not only have you gotten away with it, you've deserved to get away with it. I understand. Warm temperatures, the coming of spring, the slight hope that maybe the economy is turning around, the idea that after a certain point things can't get any worse and thus must get better: these are all reasons for optimism. Do not be fooled. No one ever gets away with it, we deserve nothing, the weather will grow cold again, whatever recovery we have will be tepid and illusory and followed by a disaster similar to the previous one since the entire thing is some kind of shell game that we have decided we won't even bother to regulate, things can always be worse, and everything you manage to do is merely a temporary—and useless—distraction from the reality that you're on a grim and pitiless march toward death. Still, we set the clocks forward this weekend, making your mornings a little brighter. So I guess there's that.

Photo by Charley Lhasa, via Flickr.

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liney (#8,429)

The mornings get darker. Daylight savings time blows in the beginning.

Alex Balk (#4)

@liney But they get better eventually! Don't be such a sourpuss.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@Alex Balk Who are you and what have you done with the guy who adapts modernist fiction for weather reports of doom, and also shares bear videos.

liney (#8,429)

@Alex Balk Clearly I need to take advantage of the extra evening sunlight.

Astigmatism (#1,950)

Just so we're clear: the "good" news is that I have to get up an hour earlier on Monday morning?

C_Webb (#855)

@Astigmatism I don't want my mornings brighter! I don't want my mornings AT ALL.

The important thing during good weather is to ignore any impulse to invigorate your life with new interests and travel. That stuff is exhausting and you'll regret it later.

C_Webb (#855)

@NotAndersonCooper You may also find yourself smiling at people from whom you don't even want sex or money. Stop this immediately. Who knows where it might lead?

Astigmatism (#1,950)

@C_Webb Church?

Maggie (#24)

Buddhism boils down to an essential understanding that to exist is to suffer, nothing is permanent and we're soulless beings destined to be disappointed. Don't let the alcoholic pessimist act fool you, Alex Balk is a serene Zen master of the highest order.

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