Curmudgeon Attitude
05 April, 2012
Curmudgeon Attitude

I am a genuine curmudgeon – feeling and acting youngish though! Yes, a curmudgeon, but not in the least a miser, no! Just a grumpy old man! That’s what I am. Grumpy I am in every possible way – in family life, in the classroom, in public places, in politics and certainly in-between the lines of my journalistic vignettes.

And the crankier I get the more they like me. I don’t know why, but I can explain the benevolence of the

entourage towards me. They must be thinking so nice of me probably because I am not a primitively petulant, ill-tempered geek. I am well advanced in years but I am never complaining about life, as it might be the case with seniors in general. Never! When I notice things that attract my attention I am turning into a very indiscreet observer and commentator on various goings-on. What else! I am not very persnickety about being cantankerous when I need to defend my view of a subject, but I never get irritable or irrelevantly cross. Grouchy yes, but never angry! And there is nothing wrong with being reasonably and benevolently grouchy every now and again, depending on what the crux of the disputed matter is. Curmudgeons have attitude, including me. I am always writing with a salt of an attitude. And my quizzical look at things and events could be of service when it comes to the necessity of introduction of certain respectful ethical and philosophical alterations into some standardized patterns of behavior of people in our society. A curmudgeon’s view of life could certainly be useful when we speak about utilizing the life-experience when facing decisions to be made and making the steps that need to be well thought over before venturing to go forward. Curmudgeons don’t have much to lose. They only need an opportunity to spend what they have accumulated. They have a very keen internal eye for perceiving a phenomenon, realizing it and yielding recommendations thereupon. Many cultures around the world extensively entertain the powerful tradition of using their curmudgeons’ wisdom and quick mind. Curmudgeons — unless they are physically or mentally incapacitated — think and deliver with unmitigated integrity and skill, feeling rock-solid about the presumably ensuing consequences. Curmudgeons are usually reliable, consistent and trustable. This is my overall feeling about shrewd and prudent curmudgeons of the world – myself no exclusion! I am giving them a well-deserved qualification of a national treasure. And treasure is good when it is in intensive use. Why waste treasure by keeping it in cache at all times! Curmudgeon as such is a kind of a treasure that will beget treasure if handled properly. They have a huge potential of generating wealth if methodically used. What if I create something like the Curmudgeon Association of Georgia? Wow! Would this not be a something? But I bluntly refuse to be president. Guess why? I am not sure how many wise and useful curmudgeons I could collect here. The thing is that only a sage curmudgeon is a good curmudgeon. Otherwise, the entire mass of the Georgian curmudgeons could be drained down the tubes without any socially, politically or economically corroborated regret. So, let’s give the country only sensible, educated, experienced, wisdom-loaded curmudgeons, and later, make a good use of them. The more of us the better, in such a case!

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