Friday, March 4, 2011

May December

As I've grown older I've noticed several things about being a man. The older we get, the more delusional we become. This is no more evident than around young women. There can be 20 years difference between a woman and a middle aged man and he'll think he might have a shot at catching her eye. Put 30 years between them, and he'll be convinced.

Where does this hubris come from? Does it come from a society that assigns us more and more responsibility, stoking our egos, until finally we believe the impossible? Don't get me wrong, there is some value here. Without this sort of delusional belief, we wouldn't have conquered small pox, harnessed nuclear power or flown to the moon. And Harrison Ford wouldn't have married Calista Flockhart.

I suppose in the end whether the belief is arrogance or visionary depends upon our ability to achieve it and how it's viewed through the lens of history.

Also, no work has been done on the house for the last three months due to winter and life generally being busy. Blog updates have been and will be spotty for awhile yet.


The Dude said...

Interesting-- and here I've always thought that the young thought they were invulnerable, and prone to outrageously over-rating their abilities, while denigrating the experience that comes with being older.

Maybe it's an IT thing.

Mr. Kluges said...

I suppose in the end, it all comes down to humility and wisdom. Sadly, these appear to be in short supply these days. Society seems more interested in building wealth rather than character.

NoNick said...

Try being single and coming to that realization...