“Heard joke once: Man goes to doctor. Says he’s depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says, “Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up.” Man bursts into tears. Says, “But doctor…I am Pagliacci.” ― Alan Moore, Watchmen
I’m sure you’ve experienced some, if not a lot of, negative emotions throughout your life.
And I’m also sure you wished you could make them stop or go away.
If you are like the majority of people, me included, you’ve tried to numb them using anything from social media to drugs or socializing or even becoming a workaholic.
That, of course, didn’t work.
He looked around the place.
He ignored my existence as if I wasn’t there at all. He didn’t even greet me.
The table next to me received more attention and ‘eye’ contact than me –the actual human.
Any attempt to connect with him would come off as a desperate attempt to grab undeserved attention.
The circus is fun.
Well, I don’t know much about circuses and this article isn’t about judging the circus and its people.
However, there’s an imaginary circus that we sometimes create and live inside of it.
We create it inside of our minds, of course. And we act as if we’re living in it, and as a result our general behavior is guided by the fact that we’re living in that circus.
In terms of self-esteem, it’s bad to live in such circus.
And here’s the catch.