posted on May, 24 2010 @ 03:27 PM
reply to post by andy1033
Yet even irony can be used for positive purposes, as defined here:
"This ironist is the enemy of hypocrites and fanatics, people absurdly confident of their own goodness. He is also—and this is more likely to get
overlooked—the enemy of nihilism. This ironist does not believe in nothing. Instead, he does his best to believe in those things that deserve his
belief. For him, unreflective skepticism—dogmatic, dismissive skepticism toward everything and everybody—is as naïve and inadequate as
If the ironist remembers:
"At the heart of this ironist's attitude is the suspicion that the highest and noblest human hopes can never be consummated in this world. The
things we most avidly wish for—flawless and universal love, perfect justice, an untainted good—are also things we cannot achieve. "
"Yet if we stopped wishing for them, we would be lesser creatures than we are: more resigned, poorer in possibility, inclined to despair. The only
way to keep these wishes alive is to maintain a severe and comic gaze that withers fatuous uplift and mocks away easy fantasies. This is the good work
of irony, to keep things complicated rather than simple, varied rather than flat, to keep us aware of our own confusion, in the interest of imperfect,
transient, and indispensable clarity."