Sorrows of a Young Man

The sorrows of a young man in the city, being a palimpsest of Goethe's Werther.

Thursday, August 21, 2003

Shades of gray

You probably also hate people saying you just can't change your fate. OK, maybe it's not quite as black-and-white. Emotions of people are more in shades of gray.

Well, let me indulge a bit in the shades of gray painted by my feelings, rather than in the either-or approach you might suggest. You're probably saying... either you got hope for Jennifer, or you don't. So if you do, then go for it. Try to make your dreams come true. And if not, well, let go of her... get rid of those feelings for her. Obvious and easy advice, right?

Now what would you tell someone who's so sick he's about to die, slowly and painfully? Would you tell him to get a gun and shoot himself to put an end to the pain? But isn't his pain also robbing him of all the energy such a move would take?

OK, maybe you're coming up with an analogy now. If you're in hospital, and the doctor wants to remove your arm, and he's telling you it'll be your death if you do nothing... what would you say? I don't know.
Let's skip the analogies. At times I'm full of energy and brave enough to do something, to take a step – trust me, I would. Just can't figure out the direction.

[Shades of gray]


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