How to cope with cynicism Aug 11, 2019 20:08:01 GMT
Post by lebleuchevalier on Aug 11, 2019 20:08:01 GMT
Whether you are a collector, a reenactor, a martial artist, a backyard cutter, a katana nut, a longsword boy, a rapier buff, a kukri chopper, a stiletto stabber or any other such person, you have most likely experienced some cynical feelings at one point or another.
The kukri chopping gets dull, the katana no longer feels like it has metaphysical powers, the armor clutters your apartment, you've spent a small fortune on acquiring every Albion ever made, etc... At some point it just becomes boring, and the things that used to give you joy no longer seem to satisfy. When this happens, cynical feelings may start to set in.
It begins to manifest with a slightly snarky attitude towards everything, a sort of "meh" disposition. Then it evolves into being overly critical, fussing over every minor detail, whining about every single imperfection, even if it's a handmade object; it's like being stuck in a loop of Skallgrim's reviews. There's lots of eye rolling, lots of groaning, lots of shrugging of the shoulders. You may have actual gripes. The blade is too thick, the fittings aren't tight enough, the replica is poorly researched, etc... Eventually, if the cynical attitude devolves even further, you resort to writing diatribes, nursing grudges, derailing every single thread about that one forge you really really hate. You basically become a curmudgeon.
Well, what can one do to snap out of it? How can you be lifted from the doldrums of collecting sharp things?
How have you snapped out of it? This is a silly thread, I grant you, but I am starting to feel awfully cynical about my relationship to these objects. I sold most of the best items I had, and now I am surrounded by mediocrity, or at least, that is what it feels like.