Friday, 28 March 2008

Being good at

The dream of human beings is: being good at something. We don't mind being bad at things, even being bad at everything else in our life, provided we can claim to be good at one thing, no matter how trivial or insubstantial that one thing is. Indeed, being bad at everything else becomes a bonus; we can tell ourselves that we're bad at everything else because we have devoted ourselves so assiduously to the one thing we're good at (watching telly, say; drinking; sleeping; whatever it is). It's never true, this; but we tell it to ourselves anyway.

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