November 12, 2007
Would You Rather
Buster fears sheep
In honor of veteran’s day, an unrelated picture of my favorite almost-member of Army. Buster Bluth!
Would You Rather
- Be notorious
- Live alone as a hermit and be completely forgotten
Posted by James at November 12, 2007 10:22 AM
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That would depend on what I was notorious for, whether or not my notoriety was deserved (i.e. whether or not I did whatever it was that made people judge me harshly), and how I felt about it (i.e. was I proud of it or ashamed of it.)
It would ALSO depend on whether I still had friends. If I have a few friends, then it's worth it to see them, and anyone who doesn't like it can bite me. But if I'm going to be universally scorned, I'd just as soon be a forgotten hermit. I know some people feel that bad attention is better than none at all, but I'm definitely not one of those people.
By "as a hermit" I mean you've cut off connections to other people. Living alone and having friends is not the same as being a hermit.
Good point about being notorious. For instance, Bush is notorious, but I don't think he gets it. Ignorance is bliss.
It helps to be arrogant in that case. At the 3-way intersection of arrogance, ignorance and incompetence is a blissful level of Hell.
I wasn't confused about what being a hermit means. I wasn't sure whether, as a notorious person, I would have friends. (Real friends, not just some assholes who tolerate my presence.) If so, then I would probably choose to be notorious, regardless. If not, I'd probably choose to be a hermit.
Gee, on the surface both options seem to have the potential for being friendless. If they are equal on that count, I'd take the hermit life.
Assuming that a hermit doesn't get any friends, but I could have true friends and be notorious (for something I actually did) that might be all right.
But, ideally, I think I would prefer an existence of relative anonymity with a few close friends who I had periodic contact with to a reviled existence in the public eye.
What Julie said originally. For instance, if I had to be Paris Hilton? I'll be out buying cave curtains tomorrow.
If I could be notorious in a '40s kind of way (witty like Dorothy Parker, fabulous friends, great clothes and lipstick, endless drinks I never paid for myself and cigarettes with ebony holders, a small pistol in my purse, etc.), I'd take it!
And yes I know her time at the Algonquin club was not in the '40s, but I like the clothes from the '40s, so I'd marry the two.
I have to go with notorious. I'm probably just misunderstood. ;-) My friends will understand and that's all right by me.
I have to think we'd all be notorious in our own way, and that the notoriety can't be thrust upon us uncharacteristically, but maybe I'm wrong.
I have become a notorious atheist among my townie friends, but I still have friends. :-P I might even be performing some conversions.
I'll take notoriety. As much as I enjoy my solitude, I think I need people.