Friday, June 01, 2007

In Praise of Torment

Story here about the importance of suffering to a good relationship and a happy life.

Reminds me of something I read about Andrei Platanov recently:

"TORMENT is a key word for Platanov. Life, existence, being HERE is torment, anguish, albeit a creative, fruitful torment, a heroic anguish. Another key concept is "patience" or "endurance". One must live and be, one must endure. According to Platanov, one must not only endure grief, sorrow, need and other forms of unpleasantness. One must endure happiness, love and pleasure."

I could add a few things to Platanov's list.

One must endure people like the "artist" I just had a "conversation" with.

One must endure Chelsea Football Club.

One must endure Amazon.

One must endure independent bookshops (and booksellers) being such moaning arses!

Feel free to add to my list of things that make you suffer but make you stronger...

1 comment:

  1. Recent torment...people who sit in front of you in a half-empty cinema just before the film starts. There seems to be this assumption that because you are in quiet part of the cinema by yourself that you are lonely...no, it is because I don't want to stare through the back of thirty heads or listen to you strip mine the bottom of a back of crisps for two hours.

    I feel much better for having got that off my chest.

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