Our expert says:
YOu are, of course, speaking to the National Chairman of G.O.M.U., Grumpy Old Men United. I don't think its about dullness of life, but chronic disappointment, when you start to get on in life and find that the things, whether in your own life or in the nation or the world, which you hoped would get fixed or changed for the better, seem to be getting worse.
And so, it does indeed partly depend on personality types and style of handling challenges and disappointments.SOme of us see difficulties as just more invitations to grumble, other see them as challenges to be overcome. And some see them as needing to be overcome - but by someone else.
On the other side, some people are Pollyannas, seeing everything in a rosy hue as marvellous and impossible to improve further, and they are even more annoying and less useful. After all, the electric light wasn't invented by someone who sat around at night, clapping their hands and singing about how marvellous darkness is !
We need to be cautious about judging others, too, as they may appear to be just grumpy for no good reason, when in fact they are facing severe stress or grief. I entirely agree with Phil that in many very real and common situations it is not possible or even desirable, to ignore grim realities and just "choose" to be happy. People who so totally inore real life are called psychotic, not wise.
Yes, Queen is describing an optional way to handle grim situations and some people are blessed with that talent, but not everyone
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