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This Goes Out to the Inimitable J. Gifford 
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Post This Goes Out to the Inimitable J. Gifford
Since it is quite civilized, posted here, instead of the speakeasy:

How to be a Curmudgeon


1. Care about truth
2. Care about grammar
3. Care about eloquence in speaking
4. Develop refined tastes in everything you can.
5. Develop masterful BS detector
6. Speak truths that no one else will, but which need to be heard
7. Never flatter
8. Don't sell character for success
9. Be skeptical of whatever "the herd" likes.
10. Do not watch TV. In fact, turn them off whenever possible.
11. Lament stupidity inanity, and insanity. They are everywhere.

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Hat tip to The Maverick Philosopher, whose correspondent points out that the CC does not practice in #10 what he preaches in #2.

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Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:20 pm
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Post Re: This Goes Out to the Inimitable J. Gifford
I am missing the connection between television and grammar, unless the problem is with the grammar of #10 itself and it should say "it" instead of "them"...


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PeterScott wrote:
I am missing the connection between television and grammar, unless the problem is with the grammar of #10 itself and it should say "it" instead of "them"...

That's what I thought.

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Post Re: This Goes Out to the Inimitable J. Gifford
No, keep it "them" and buy TV zappers for all your friends and family.

RP, I can only reply with the excellent paragraph by Jon Winokur, especially the last para:

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A curmudgeon's reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They're neither warped nor evil at heart. They don't hate mankind, just mankind's absurdities. They're just as sensitive and soft-hearted as the next guy, but they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy. They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor. They attack maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment. Nature, having failed to equip them with a servicable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit.

Curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather than a disease. They can't compromise their standards and can't manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness. Their awareness is a curse.

Perhaps curmudgeons have gotten a bad rap in the same way that the messenger is blamed for the message: They have the temerity to comment on the human condition without apology. They not only refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee. Their versions of the truth unsettle us, and we hold it against them, even though they soften it with humor.


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JamesGifford wrote:
No, keep it "them" and buy TV zappers for all your friends and family.

RP, I can only reply with the excellent paragraph by Jon Winokur, especially the last para:

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A curmudgeon's reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They're neither warped nor evil at heart. They don't hate mankind, just mankind's absurdities. They're just as sensitive and soft-hearted as the next guy, but they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy. They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor. They attack maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment. Nature, having failed to equip them with a servicable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit.

Curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather than a disease. They can't compromise their standards and can't manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness. Their awareness is a curse.

Perhaps curmudgeons have gotten a bad rap in the same way that the messenger is blamed for the message: They have the temerity to comment on the human condition without apology. They not only refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee. Their versions of the truth unsettle us, and we hold it against them, even though they soften it with humor.


Well that's exactly right. The list is mainly of character traits that children should be learning in school and all adults should be practicing--not just curmudgeons. Nos. 7 and 10 do have their uses in life and cannot be completely forgone by everyone.

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