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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Not having the patience for others

A popular quote from José Micard Teixeira that is attributed to Meryl Streep:

I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise. I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance. I do not adjust either to popular gossiping. I hate conflict and comparisons. I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities. In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal. I do not get along with those who do not know how to give a compliment or a word of encouragement. Exaggerations bore me and I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals. And on top of everything I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.

This is a very interesting quote.

Let's unpack it.

I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me
I want to be comfortable. I don't want to learn any more. I don't want to challenge myself.

I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature
I like mindless positive speak. I do not wish to have myself, my ideas or my projects critically examined.

I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me.
I no longer follow the Golden Rule. My love and niceness is no longer unconditional, but now cynically (SPOING!) premised upon reciprocation.

I no longer spend a single minute on those who lie or want to manipulate. I decided not to coexist anymore with pretense, hypocrisy, dishonesty and cheap praise.
I no longer can function in society with its polite, white lies and social lubrication. Even though I am condemning everyone I am almost certainly not as perfect as I expect others to be and am thus guilty of the very same sins I deplore in others.

I do not tolerate selective erudition nor academic arrogance.
I dismiss what I am unwilling and/or unable to understand and am happy to wallow in my ignorance.

I hate conflict and comparisons.
Despite condemning a lot of people and comparing them to some Platonic ideal of what a proper person should be, I pretend that I hate "conflict" and "comparisons".

I believe in a world of opposites and that’s why I avoid people with rigid and inflexible personalities.
I have a Manichean, rigid view of the world without subtlety and yet declaim "rigid and inflexible" people.

In friendship I dislike the lack of loyalty and betrayal.
I expect my friends to agree with me all the time. If they have their own mind, they are scum.

Exaggerations bore me
I don't realise the irony of claiming exaggerations bore me when my whole spiel is one big exaggeration.

I have difficulty accepting those who do not like animals.
I supposedly love animals (though I probably eat them anyway) but hate humans.

I have no patience for anyone who does not deserve my patience.
I am insufferably self-entitled, sanctimonious and judgmental, and go around condemning people I don't like as unworthy of me.
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