© Aron Hsiao / 2003
Optimism. That’s what it is.
This thing that popular culture is always mocking in men—particularly in dads.
Someone posted to my Facebook tonight and I replied and unwittingly explained it to myself. What dads have—what men have—is optimism. That’s what Hollywood and TV land are always making fun of these days. It is a jaded culture, a cynical culture. What it portrays as idiot buffoonery, if you think for a moment, is in fact the habit of optimism. Believing that things will work out, that I can get it done, that all will be well, believing in one’s own strength and resourcefulness, and so on.
No, if there’s one thing that can’t be tolerated these days, it’s optimism. We must all be as jaded as one another. And more jaded still.
And those dads that keep on keeping on, that refuse to concede and refuse to frown? Well, they’re fools, of course. That’s the problem with men, they just don’t get it. They think they can do things. They think things might just work out. The nerve!
How dare they neither validate nor adopt others’ dim views of the world?
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I have all these people and I honestly don’t know what to do with them.
Life is so funny that way.