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The Best of All Possible Worlds

Posted on 2008.05.14 at 22:18
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Dr. Pangloss
I am a very poor choice to those who wish to seek comfort or understanding from, as I have not suffered much. I do not know whether this is because I choose to always adapt optimistically in the face of adversity, or due to it. Either way, if true hardship were to come my way I don' know if my optimism would be enough to carry me through it, or if I would succumb utterly and completely. As I am a man of excesses, I'm quite sure it would be one or the other, without even a semblance of balance. Not that I'm bragging - quite the opposite in fact, I simply seem to be predisposed to good fortune. And while those with much angst often point out that if I were truly charmed I wouldn't have to work for a living, I simply shrug, smile, and go back to doing a job I enjoy while they continue to toil ceaseless in obscurity and hardship forever, as that's entirely the point. Happiness does not mean being independently wealthy or having your every desire handed to you on a whim. Its why I don't play the lottery - I find my happiness through the fruits of my own labors.

Pangloss has been on my mind quite a bit these last couple of days, as I associate more closely with him than any other fictional character I've ever run across - and even then understanding that he exists as a parody. What does that say about how I view myself? Personal optimism correlates strongly with self-esteem, with psychological well-being and with physical and mental health1. Or perhaps I'm just a fool? Regardless, while I generally can't outline exactly how something's going to work out, I find that part of it superfluous anyway, as I know its going to work out. I base this solely on the fact that it always has, and preach this to others, sometimes to my own detriment. So be it. One of the nice things about being a Panglossian is that if you get angry at me because of my overt joviality, it was likely meant to be. C'est la vie. I am always very sincere, or at least I always pretend to be. Sometimes I don't care which. I find this also annoys most people.

Master Pangloss taught the metaphysico-theologo-cosmolonigology.

Serendipity
I have an old pair of on-ear headphones I've had for many years that I keep at work to listen to music on, and as they were aging and starting to give out every now and again, I wasn't too upset when they recently broke. At Best Buy I found a pair of Sony noise-canceling headphones for under $75 and thought I'd give them a shot, having recently toyed with the idea of getting the Bose again.

I never considered that a fully-functioning data center sounded like the inside of an aircraft in flight, but for the first time in literal years found myself on escort duty the majority of my day today, inside the server room itself. Armed with my new headphones, I placed them on my head and activated noise-canceling. It was as if I were immediately transported back to to the Bose store, standing in front of a projector and speakers which very realistically simulated the cabin of an aircraft at 30,000 feet, and then having that noise cut down to a whisper. I slipped the gold tipped plug into my iPod's headphone jack and pressed, "Play."

I was rewarded with the first track of Excelsior! and suddenly struck at how a fortuitous series of events led me to be spending five hours in a noisy data-center with a pair of noise-canceling headphones in which I was able to limitlessly enjoy some great music for an uninterrupted period of time.

It just goes to prove that everything's for the best in this best of all possible worlds.

Comments:


Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-15 03:50 (UTC) (Link)
I've been wondering where the hell you've been. So you're an escort in a data center?!?! That must be uncomfortable.

The first half of your post makes it sound like you've been through hell and back lately. What gives? You're not getting canned are you? There are those of us who thought you were dead.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-15 13:03 (UTC) (Link)
You have many questions.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-15 13:39 (UTC) (Link)
And you have no answers for me.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-15 14:41 (UTC) (Link)
Nothing is different today than any other day.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-15 14:46 (UTC) (Link)
wait...what?

Are you saying that you talk out your ass when post or that you go through life clueless?
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-15 15:09 (UTC) (Link)
Your question argues an informal fallacy based on misrepresentation of my statement. You've suggested a position that doesn't even begin to represent my answer to your initial questions, rather you've inserted further questions to suggest that my answer was meant for them. I refuse to refute those, attributing the fact that your position is invalid and attempts to make me appear foolish, when in fact sir, deconstruction of the exchange reveals you to be charlatan, and not even a very good one at that.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2008-05-15 03:51 (UTC) (Link)
I'm sure that with a friend like drax0r you've probably already seen this, but BOTH Debian and the latest versions of Ubuntu have a serious flaw with their SSH keys. Make sure you upgrade your box3n.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-05-15 04:38 (UTC) (Link)
EEEEEHHHH!!! Wrong!!!

He taught metaphysico-theologo-cosmolongo-noodleology.

This is the best of all possible worlds.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-15 13:03 (UTC) (Link)
It is true I have been touched by his noodly apendage.
prog_guy69
prog_guy69 at 2008-05-15 11:31 (UTC) (Link)
Some people say the glass is half full.
Others say it is half empty.

I say it is twice as big as it needs to be.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-15 13:05 (UTC) (Link)
I say fill the sonofabitch up!
prog_guy69
prog_guy69 at 2008-05-16 00:15 (UTC) (Link)
That would depend on what liquid is in the glass.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-16 02:26 (UTC) (Link)
Agreed!
wardlejew
wardlejew at 2008-05-15 15:35 (UTC) (Link)
I have heard it said, "There is good and bad to everything." I've pondered that often. I do believe you can view anything as good or bad. You choose to look for the good. Makes for a good life.
wardlejew
wardlejew at 2008-05-15 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
BTW: when I was told that I think it was meant as "You can DO good or bad with anything." But as I said I've pondered the original statement often, and have formed it to many different perspectives, and found it most fitting for most situations.
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-15 15:48 (UTC) (Link)
A paradox sometimes associated with optimism is that the only thing an optimist cannot view as positive is a pessimist.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-05-15 17:23 (UTC) (Link)
You are not the plucky hero!!!
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-15 17:49 (UTC) (Link)
My blog is the Grand Arena.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2008-05-15 18:11 (UTC) (Link)
So do you have syphilis like our dear Dr. Pangloss???
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-15 18:44 (UTC) (Link)
You must remember Pacquette, that pretty wench, who waited on our noble Baroness; in her arms I tasted the pleasures of Paradise, which produced these Hell torments with which you see me devoured. She was infected with an ailment, and perhaps has since died of it; she received this present of a learned Franciscan, who derived it from the fountainhead; he was indebted for it to an old countess, who had it of a captain of horse, who had it of a marchioness, who had it of a page, the page had it of a Jesuit, who, during his novitiate, had it in a direct line from one of the fellow adventurers of Christopher Columbus; for my part I shall give it to nobody, I am a dying man.
(Anonymous) at 2008-05-18 20:57 (UTC) (Link)
you and your noodley appendages....
ehowton
ehowton at 2008-05-18 21:24 (UTC) (Link)
You and your anonymous comments...
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