Misanthropy Is So Underrated

Chances are So Underrated

Posted in Underrated by mpal219 on 23/10/2009

Sometimes you have to shut the door on chances.

Sometimes you have to shut the door on chances.

Chance: A suitable combination of conditions; a time or place favourable for executing a purpose.

One of the prevailing themes for the last year would be the fact that I have seen people not take advantage of the chances they get. There is an illusion that somehow they are going to keep coming over and over again so they take advantage of the ones they get in the first place. That is extremely problematic and few people acknowledge the problem. This is why chances are so underrated.

Ultimately I believe the reason why chances are so underrated lies in the fact that in our modern society three paradigms stand in the way for really understanding how valuable chances are narcissism and entitlement.

1. Narcissism – An inordinate fascination with oneself; excessive self love; vanity.

Narcissism is the first dangerous element that triggers a nonchalant approach to chances given in life. I find that there are so many people caught up in themselves that they don’t see anything else around them. It is that narcissism that triggers a person to begin to understand their live using trivial means of measurement like: “What type of clothes am I wearing?” “How many ‘friends’ do I have?” “How many people have I had sex with?” “How many people want to have sex with me?” “How many phone numbers do I have?” “What type of car am I driving?” and many more. Likewise they take those inner things and turn them outward “How many friends does he have?” “How many people want to to have sex with him?” Honestly, at the end of the day all of the things don’t matter. However, it is the narcissism that gets in the way of that clarity. Why is this dangerous to chances? Because, what a narcissistic person fails to understand is trivial things are trivial for a reason. They fade away, they will change, and they won’t work in your favour for the rest of your life. Why you spent most of your time focused on those, you let true chances for something “real” or something to develop into “real” because you are caught up. This shows a very “on-the-surface” view of life and view of people.

Recently, I told an ex of mine that I cared about him still. Every time I bring it up I either get a sarcastic remark or no response at all. Honestly, I think that it is a result of the fact that he is so focused on those trivial things and fails to see what’s real in front of him. Every time I say these words to him, I am giving him a CHANCE to get my care. But he poo-poos on it constantly. Well just like the definition of chance (a time or place favorable for executing a purpose) says it has to be favourable. As the days and weeks go by it is becoming unfavorable for me to even show my care to this person. Now does he have the right to not want it? Of course! But…I believe that there are very few people in the world who TRULY cares about besides your family (maybe). And everyone who has shown me care I have grabbed on to it. I don’t want to look up a little while later when all of the trivial stuff is gone and realise that I dinged a chance to have something. Chances are a blessing. This brings me to the second most dangerous thing in regards to chances.

2. Entitlement – The belief that one is deserving of or entitled to certain privileges

Few people I have met understand that chances are a blessing and they come far and in between. I think our society has put into people’s head that they are entitled to certain things. This has led many to believe that because they feel entitled what ever the entity is will always exist. Well I hate to say that wrong! No one is entitled to give anyone anything so when the chance arises you really should think about what you are doing before you make a hasty decision. I think that entitlement and narcissism plays hand in hand. Again, focusing on trivial things takes you mind away from what is real hence you usually make a hasty decision. Then someone may turn around and then ask for a second chance only to find out that it has dried up. Occasionally, I would see someone get angry because it dried up. That is when the entitlement sets in. The anger that the person may be feeling is totally displaced. They really should have taken a moment and think about the longer term consequences before making a decision. NO ONE is entitled to a second chance so it is totally imperative that you take advantage of the ones that you do have.

My facebook status currently reads “When I Say Fuck You…I mean Fuck You” and that is the second motto that I will live by. I find myself too often giving people second, third, fourth, and fifth chances only to see them constantly shit on it over and over again. I have become tired and irritated with the whole situation. If you are reading this blog I hope that you take that into account when you are deciding to give someone a chance. It is not about getting back at them, but it is about self-esteem and self-preservation. When do you draw the line in the sand? When do you realise that that you have given too many chances? You have to realise (like I am learning) that what you offer to people is very valuable (e.g. time, effort, money, love, etc.), and just like a “valuable material item” that is valuable you have to hold on to it and be selective about who you are giving it to.

Don’t get me wrong…I know that some people don’t care for what you have to offer them, and that is NOT your problem. It is however important that you recongise when that moment arives and give them the ol’ F you. Not to be mean, not to be vendictive, but so you can give the people who are your side more and your valuables are not stretched thin.


Yearning is So Underrated

Posted in Underrated by mpal219 on 23/10/2009

Yearning: a tender of urgent longing; a persistent often melancholy desire

Yearning is one of my favourite words in the English language. Who knew that they could come up with a word that could take the word wanting to the next level. Well they did it. In life we yearn for something — whether if that is to be a new job, money, graduating for school It is something that you feel so want so bad that it hurts. I think it is the hurt part that people focus on that ultimately influences one in ignoring the things they are yearning. Yearning is hard because it is so close, but yet so far away. However, I think that if we focus on the things that we yearn, we can then begin to make the strides that are needed to obtain those tender and melancholy desires, which is why yearning is so underrated.

This past year has really allowed me to understand what I have been yearning for all of this time. I mean I have many desires and wants and for the most part I have been able to get them. However, the things that I have been yearning for seem to always end short or empty at the end of the day. I have told many people that one of my biggest regrets from this year was wasting so much time on things (namely relationships) that have gone nowhere and seemed like they were going down the tubes from early on. I’ve had three relationships this year and each have all ended for some bizarre reason. Ironically, I was held bent on trying to frame this in a you wasted your time, but you are going to find the one motif. However, each relationship I had I took a part of me that I know is essential to my character and silenced it. In my first relationship (carry over from 2008) I gave up my ability to see the bigger picture and “call a spade a spade” and realise all of the faults and things that I wasn’t really willing to deal with. In my second relationship-ish, I gave up my ability to communicate what I wanted in hopes that he would eventually say the words that I wanted to hear. In my most recent relationship, I gave up my ability to set boundaries with people in the hopes that he knew that I really cared about him and wanted the best for him. All in all I was really ready to become sour on the whole idea of dating and relationships, and I realised that the compromise of my character stems from a yearning to actually love someone and to get that love in return.

While some may say that the ‘love exchange’ is something that all people look for…I think that generalisation has not been true to me. In my early days of dating, I feel that I was getting together with people because they were convenient or nice to have around and the idea of a boyfriend was great. That is because I didn’t know how to show love and affection. I didn’t get it as a child (at least not in a intense sense) so how was I able to show it then. However, as I got older I begin to realise that people can be your best asset or your greatest liability in your life and that it is those assets that you hold on for dear life. I felt like an asset if you invest into it then it will give you a return. For example:

Relationship Two
(Note: This relationship ended officially because of me not telling the truth, but I will explain it in a second.)
In this relationship I wanted nothing more than to be that persons guy. He was going through a lot of stuff in his life and as an observer I felt like I should try to help out as much as possible with the thought that if this were to work out that the same thing would happen on my end. I enjoyed this person’s company and loved his grounded nature. I appreciated and marveled at his willingness to go above and beyond for the people that he cared about even sometimes to his own peril. I enjoyed his sense of humor. I loved that he appreciated the simple things, but was still willing to enjoy and embrace more elborate things. I loved that he was hard working and willing if he put his mind to it. In other words I was really enjoying this person as a person.

My Yearning: I desired that he would be able to tell me what he liked about me. I desired that he would voice his feelings for me. I desired that he showed affection around everyone he knew.

What Happened: However, I was never really clear on how he felt. I always questioned his feelings and would frequently ponder randomly whether it was all worth it. I knew he had a rough past with other guys, but I failed to communicate with him my desire to be different because I was afraid it would be perceived as me moving too fast and ultimately push him away. (This was based on my assessment from our first go around.) So I stayed silent and while I was able to show him my care and affection I frequently felt like I wasn’t getting it in return. But I held on hope that one day that would change. It ultimately became a situation where I felt (whether or not it was true) I was giving it to him. This is ultimately why I continued on talking to the person who I ultimately got into the third relationship of the year with. What R2 wasn’t able to give me…even on a rudimentary scale I felt like I was getting that from R3. I think my error came in the fact that I failed to communicate to R2 what I was really feeling into all the things began to blow up in my face.

Relationship Three
In the beginning of this relationship I felt like this person was giving me all the things I wanted in regards to affection, voicing that affection, and living on it. I liked this person spontaneity — I marveled at his ability to live off off the cuff and still be able to function. I enjoyed his personality we had this unspoken competitiveness that I enjoyed and we would frequently banter back and forth. I liked that he was trying to get his life in order…and enjoyed watching it unfold. I liked that he demanded that I show him affection and would never take no for an answer. I liked that he was okay with me being me even though it was totally different from what he was used to (and likewise for me.) I liked he was up for doing different things and was very vocal about it. I liked that he was attentive to my moods and problems and vice versa. I really was enjoying being with him and I was really hoping that he would feel the same way too.

What Happened: I didn’t set boundaries. When he slept with someone else midway through the relationship and then lied about it I should have set boundaries and limitations there and really scaled back any affection that showed to him. However, I intensified it to show that I really do care about you and I want you to see that and understand that. Ultimately, I felt like he was just not in the same place that I was in. Although I feel like if I would have never bought it up we will still be dating today…I feel like it would have been forced for both of us.

With all this said:
I felt like I need to write this blog to really talk about some of the strengths and weaknesses of yearning. When you want something so bad it can be a strength. That means you are willing to do whatever you need to do and push through all the negativity in order to achieve it. Again, that can be yearning for anything (fame, money, job, etc.) On the flip side of it all you can be blinded by that intense yearning and start to compromise your own behaviour and integrity to achieve your desire. That is what I felt like I did in the relationships I had in the last year. I did things, made decisions, and acted in ways that I would have never acted. It is those actions that I am regretful. It is with those actions that I still feel sorrow about how things went down.

For the Future:
In the future I have decided to take several “Non-Negotiables” in regards to my relationships as to keep my mind clear and focused on a clean and “organic” route to my goals:

1. The momment I feel like a relationship is not going the way I would like it I will communicate it, and if that doesn’t change or I don’t see any improvment I am going to end it.

2. I am going to communicate my feelings regardless of what that other person may feel about them. If I like you I am going to tell you I like, if I want to be with you I will tell you that, etc. Never again will I allow a relationship to run on someone else’s terms.

3. I am going to continue my MO of setting boundaries with people. I say all the time I am no (insert really attractive, really whatever guy), but I am me. I can only give what I have to offer. With that said, I am going to let people know and hold them accountable for doing something against me especially when all I did was show compassion, care, energy, and interest. It is not fair to me let something like that happen and for me to continue on without consequences.

The fact that yearning is so underrated is the reason why I made mistakes throughout the year and have learned from them now. I do not regret the time I spent with the people that I was with especially the latter two.

Options are So Overrated & Underrated

Posted in Overrated, Underrated by mpal219 on 23/10/2009

Options: the power or right to choose : freedom of choice

In life we are always faced with the fact that a decision must be made. Whether it is simple as choosing what breakfast to eat in the morning or as difficult as choosing a career. As an adult you are always forced to make a decisions. Inevitably with decisions there are options. Options are a very tricky things. There is so much POWER in the options that you have. I have witnessed this power doing wonderful things, while at other times I’ve seen this power take a turn for the worst. The fluid nature of of the power makes options overrated & underrated.
The “freedom of choice” motto/motif is one of the basic “principles” of our American society. We are free to do what we want when we want. Then why do we run away from this choice. When you get down to it the power in your freedom of choice is very hard to handle. Why? There are so many different things that you must take into account before you make a decision: personal experiences, perceptions, feelings, other people’s feelings, morals, thoughts, attitudes, stands, etc. But when I think about it these are things you keep in mind when you make an intelligent decision. That a decision to lay all the cards out on table and figure out all of the options that you have.
It is very unfortunate that many people (especially people I know) don’t make intelligent decisions. To quote one of the people I know, making decisions “with one hand over my eye.” I have the option to do the best for me but I don’t want to take advantage of the power and freedom that comes along with that. I will just hope for the best. Granted, there needs to be some level of spontaneous decision making in your life, but when does the spontaneous decision making end and the intelligent one begin? Options are a gift and a curse from whatever higher being you may or may not believe in. When making a decision with “one hand over your eye” you allow that covered eye to be blinded to reality of the situation. A keen knowledge of reality will lead to understand the big picture.
What happens when you don’t make an intelligent decision? Well that’s obvious… you get lucky and everything will work out or you are going to cause harm to yourself or others. I feel the latter part of the last sentence is what really fuels my misanthropy. Why? Because what I am about to say in that regard is relatively straight-forward and at the same time slightly complex.
Scenario: John is Franks friend. John does something to Frank. Frank is angry. John apologises to Frank. Frank doesn’t accept his apology immediately. John gets angry. John and Frank are no longer friends.
The purpose of using a very null scenario was to eliminate any judgement calls based on the situation. This is about as straightforward as it gets.
Easy SituationIt is easy for Frank to make the decision to not forgive John quickly. It is either he accepts it or he doesn’t. There may a variety of reasons why Frank doesn’t accept it quickly but he doesn’t. At the end of the day, all the decisions are that easy. You are either going to do or your aren’t. It is either going to be in the negative or the affirmative. Again, this is one of the gifts and one of the curses in the power and freedom of options.
Slightly Complex Situation
From John’s Perspective – John is angry at Frank because he didn’t easily and quickly make the decision to forgive him.
From Frank’s Perspective – John is really asking Frank to do something that is totally contradictory to what he is essentially asking for forgiveness for. John is asking Frank to make a quick, un-calculated, non-intelligent decision. John is giving Frank no time to work through it. John is essentially asking Frank to forgive him for not weighing his options before making a decision. How can John ask Frank to do something, make it seem simple, and then get angry when it doesn’t go his way.
That scenario is what I feel about options. When a good decision is made as a result of the options presented everyone is happy, but when the converse happens some ask you to quickly retreat to the same feeling you would get if there was a good decision made. For me NO I will not! We all make mistakes and I am okay with that, but you cannot make a terrible decision and then hope for the other party to quickly move on past it. It is going to take time. The word “I’m Sorry” (A topic of a future blog) is not the magic words that makes everything to be okay. Whatever you did to trangress against the other person…that person felt the result of your decision or your failure to understand the power and freedom that you have in options.
The flip side of it all is that some people like to accumulate options. The power and freedom in options is being subverted to feel whatever feeling that he/she may have. I am reminded of a quote by George Orwell “Power is not a means. It is an end.” There are a lot of people who feel that having many options givens them the power and means to control a situation. (Which I believe it is essentially true), but like the second part of that quote says it is also an end. The options that youchose to hold on to are the gateway to the end. This reminds me a lot of dating. Especially with men, there is an idea that you must keep your options open when dating so that you can have the power to eventually make a decision on which person you want to date. Great, but what is that the end of? That is the end of a chance to understand people on an intimate level. For a lot of people, that is the end of their honesty as they will lie to the other people they are dating. The end of really putting your life into perspective and seeing how a person may or may not fit in it. The end of being able to walk away from the situation without hurting other people in the long run. (I am going to end it there, because I have a whole blog dedicated to dating to…I think the sentiment is there.)
Options are powerful. They give you the freedom of choice and the right the choose. This can be something good or something bad. I think it should be known that making intelligent decisions and understanding your options can be hard. Its hards, it scary, and its good for you. I really think that we will be a better people if we understood the magnitude of options.

Cryptic is So Overrated

Posted in Overrated by mpal219 on 23/10/2009

Cryptic Crossword PuzzleCryptic: having or seeming to have a hidden or ambiguous meaning

Since I was a small child I have grown up mostly around women. I was the youngest in my house with mostly my sisters around, most of my friends are girls, even my current living situations are with girls. (It is very unfortunate that I am not really into them romantically–but I digress.) I have done a lot of soul searching in order to figure out why  I like women so much more than man. Because women live by the motto ‘cryptic is so overrated.’

One of my favourite people in the world is my friend Renee. She is the furthest thing from cryptic. If she has an issue with you…she will be the first one to tell you. There is NEVER a mystery about what is bothering her. I think this type of communication really helps our relationship. Then again she is a woman. Another good example are a lot of Lesbians that I know. Although I think they can move to fast, Lesbians are very good at telling their partners how they feel. They (almost) disregard any type of insecurities or limitiations that the other partner may have or feel. In their mind they feel the way they feel….take it or leave it. I admire than in lesbians. At least it allows them to work through their problems or at least figure out that the other woman may not be on the save wave length. (Note: I am only speaking of my lesbian friends…I am not speaking about lesbians in general so please save your letters and/or e-mails.

Men are totally different. They are the eptiome of cryptic. There is always some underlying message, some underlying question, or an underlying situation that is not said and only subtle clues are being left for the other person to figure out. One of my favourite examples was a roommate I had years ago who started not filling up the ice trays in freezer just because he was mad that he took out the garbage more than I did. When he finally told me I was very confused as to why we couldn’t have a conversation about instead of going down that road.

Gay men are worse! It really has come clear that men are cryptic until the last couple of guys that I’ve dated. (P.S. For the sake of privacy I am not going to ever use the person’s real name…I hope you follow my blog and follow the names that go along with it.) With the last couple of guys that I dated I think there is something that is not being said or something that needs to be said. One of the guys (Buster) would leave these cryptic Facebook statuses all the time in hopes that I would solve the puzzle similar to the one above. I really can’t stand being cryptic. I think what needs to be said needs to get out in the open. Some may say that being cryptic spares the other’s feelings. But I think it is the opposite. I think it is a form of dishonestly that will ultimately lead to an even larger problem or situation that could have been dealt with earlier. This is one of the many reasons why I hate dating so much. I really wish that people would be honest with me and tell me what they really feel. However, I don’t expect much. Being cyptic contributes to my misanthropy…and therefore misanthropy is so underrated.