Fatalism 101

haulin netFrom the “something-for-everyone department” comes this—to assist those who are convinced that the stars are perpetually maligned. This timely piece can increase the capacity for despair in individuals . . .

  • who have concluded that kids today are rude, self-centered and lazy,
  • who insist that constructivist, student-centered pedagogy prevents them from teaching to the test,
  • who are certain that new projects and deadlines are conspiracies to overwork them,
  • who are plagued by the constant upheaval, turmoil, and uncertainty caused by personnel shifts,
  • who know public schools are failing,
  • who deem that appropriate funding of schools is a waste of taxpayer money,
  • who view current geopolitics and climatological change as apocalyptic,
  • who have video evidence that the latest loss of the U-12 Soccer Stars is the fault of the ref.

Yes, it is for these delightful people, who have the uncanny ability to suck the life right out of the room, that I offer the following seven rules to increase their ability to wallow in magnitudes of misery:

  1. Feel sorry for yourself. There is nothing more certain to make you feel sorry for yourself than the habit of self-pity. Magnify your problems and moan about them.
  2. Worry about things that might happen but probably won’t.
  3. Complain. Find fault with everybody and everything. (Many people develop this into an art form.)
  4. Insist on always having your way.
  5. Overreact. Make mountains out of molehills. Ridicule all who oppose you.
  6. Ignore the moral teaching of your religious traditions as well as the lessons of history. Disregard ethical principals. Who needs a higher power telling us what to do, anyway?
  7. This one sums up all the rest. Be self-centered. Focus on #1. Give little thought to others. Hoard all you can for yourself.

Practice three or four of these and you can make lots of other people miserable too!

(Borrowed from a homily given by Monsignor Francis Moeslein, pastor emeritus, St. Egbert’s Catholic Church . . . back in the day.)


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