Why We Need Miserable People

We, as the observer and as the protagonists of our own stories, can view life through whichever pane of glass we want to view life through.

“several assorted-color glass frames” by Daniel McCullough on Unsplash

“You like sad stories? Wanna hear mine?” — Melvin Udall

Whether or not they’re living their lives in the proper way isn’t for me to judge, that’s another problem for another profession to sort out. Nonetheless, they are present in our world and we inevitably interact with them every now and again. One thing we can do, however, is to juxtapose their nature of living to that of our own and, consequently, reinforce our own life philosophy.

“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.” — Chris Pine

We can do this with our own respective philosophies. Whether we want to motivate people, to challenge people, to simply spread love or knowledge, we all have the capacity to influence others the way that the miserable person does. It sounds very hippie-ish, I know, but there lurks a danger of not acknowledging our tendencies before it’s too late. Ebenezer Scrooge, as the fictional tale goes, had his revelation in the later stages of his life — do we really want to wait to long before we’re prompted to address these issues?

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