I can be sooo wrong. We all can, actually. When we are younger we are prone to be right at school. When we are older we want to be right at our workplace. We aim for the Right, to be right, to get it right. But are we right? No, yes, but no.
Sometimes people around me would have a lot to say about my overthinking personality. They would also point out at the negative or nihilist sides of me. Well, it’s because I don’t want to get disappointed so I say right away that X thing won’t happen, cause it’s too beautiful to be true. Am I right or wrong to think it like that? It depends on the outcome, right?
But hey, I can be wrong. In fact, I think I’m wrong. For this reason I overthink. I always doubt of myself. In the process of making a decision the motions in both my mind and spirit there’s a combo of turmoil and spinning around and around. It’s a mumbo-jumbo, but I find some sort of beauty in being an overthinking person. In my experience, whenever I’m facing a personal or social matter in any setting I happen to be, – at school, at work, on a set, at the supermarket, you-name-it – I am willing to consider any type of scenarios related to that subject I’m going through. I personally find amazing how the human mind works, the results that a single brain can come out with, and the relationships that can be created with the magic of communication.
So yeah, I like questioning myself if I’m either wrong or right or both.
For this reason, Chuck Klosterman‘s book is a good reading for us over-thoughtful folks.
Let me tell you something: it’s not an easy book. It took me more than a year to finish it, because I got distracted many times, facts. However, even though it’s a particular time-consuming reading, the effect that it has on your mind is remarkable. You might not grasp all of the information that the author discusses, – I was not interested in all the topics he writes about, some of them I found them boring too – but at the end of every essay I somehow had learned to see differently the world we live in. The goal of this book is to think about the present as if it was the past. It’s a challenging reading.
I’m gonna share three of my favourite chapters, including some phrases that I’ve found pretty clever and engaging in each of these chapters:
“To matter forever, you need to matter to those who don’t care.”
“The juice of life is derived from arguments that don’t seem obvious”
This is a chapter where history plays the main role.Sharp perspectives and a patience attitude are necessary in order to be knowledgable in a certain topic. What might be relevant or famous to someone, may be not that fundamental for others, due to both place and time.
Burn Thy Witches
“I understand the discomfort with the idea, but I nevertheless allow it as a real possibility.”
Here the author explains the reasons why someone would think and how they would deliver their thoughts. There’s also a whole spectrum of questioning life and all the matters that you could ever think of. Tough chapter, but awakening.
Don’t Tell Me What Happens. I’m Recording It.
“… the goal of televised conversation is fashionable naturalism.” (which basically is a formal way to understand the reason we say “oh, they say this in the movies”)
“You can’t be real trying to be real.”
I believe this was the most interesting chapter of all Klosterman’s work. Probably because it’s about tv writing, a topic that I’m deeply interested in. The author ponders about how movies and the medium of tv has changed over the years. He also analyzes the future of tv, based on the various experiences that the industry is creating among its audiences.
I’ll let you think. But not too much. I’ll think for you.