Bleak: (adj) without hope or encouragement
The abiding sense of superiority is generally accompanied by a pious smirk.
Often, when I involve myself in discussions about hope, possibilities and even the importance of kindness, a roomful of pseudo-intellectuals will smirk at me. Matter of fact, the entire entertainment industry seems to be on a dismal journey to convince the world that “dark is the new light.”
Yes, we’re supposed to take unseemly, nasty characters and find a tiny stream of goodness within them.
It’s a convenient assertion.
After all, if it turns out that I am a bit more righteous than the average protagonist, I leave the theater feeling really good about myself.
But it is a dangerous practice–giving human beings too much rope. They will not only hang themselves, but also use the slack to cut none to others.
- If the whole world is mediocre, then what is the definition of good?
- If evil is the norm, then why pursue excellence?
- If politicians are all liars, then how should we listen?
- If religion is possessed by “greedy Gantrys,” then why should we pray?
In the pursuit of realism, what we have discovered is a bleak bitterness which promotes the decay of mankind … minus the possibility of redemption.
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