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Saturday, November 22, 2003
A Genuine Insight
Holy shit. I just had a genuine insight. As you must be aware by now, there are a whole lot of things wrong with me. I won't bore you with the list. Again. But that's just it. Tonight I realized it's not a whole long list. It all boils down to one thing.

Take, let's call it, Condition A. You know how sometimes things seem so much worse than they actually are? Well, I realized that tonight looking at my kitchen. Sure, there are a bunch of dirty dishes stacked up in the sink, and I haven't emptied the trash for awhile, which, as a result, is now wending it's way out into the so-called "dining area." And true, the microwave looks like something died in there since I exploded those eggs in it a couple-three weeks ago. And OK, so there's something not quite right going on in the refrigerator. But I looked at my own personal entropy gradient with new eyes this evening. Hey, I thought, it's not all that bad. I can do the dishes, hell, maybe even mop the floor, take out the garbage. Suddenly, my whole outlook brightened!

But that wasn't the big insight. Although I thought it was for a minute there. Insight is tricky stuff if you're not used to it, like I am.

Because at first I thought, well, isn't that just like Life? Things often seem worse than they really are. I even pushed past the embarrassment of realizing how astoundingly trite this was, as insights go. I was having much better luck earlier this week with "pre-traumatic stress" and "reverse affirmations" (maybe another time).

But then I thought, well, wait a minute, hold the phone... Because actually my situation is quite dreadful at the moment, with no immediate prospect of salvation from homelessness, starvation and worse. Like running out of cigarettes and coffee. So see, to me, things often seem much better than they really are. Let's call this Condition B.

But that wasn't the big insight either. No, it was this: that I can't tell these two conditions apart. That was the big insight.

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