"Our boredom is at base an impatient resentment at being held at bay from the genuine traumas of another’s life."

How Not To Rant


Fri, Jun 9th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

As part of its series The School of Life has this video and article explaining how one should rant appropriately so as to not make the party listening look for any opportunity to run away.

One of the risks of social life is that we will in the course of an evening or in the kitchen at a party end up trapped with a person of excessive conviction or, to put it more colloquially, a bore. Bores can be found harbouring any manner of obsessions: they may be deeply concerned about grammar (and the ever increasing misuse of the subjunctive) or believe that modern architecture has alienated us from ourselves; they may be horrified by the predatory nature of contemporary capitalism or disgusted by the whingeing of the environmental movement; they might hate feminism or see misogyny in every corner of life. Bores aren’t necessarily wholly misguided, they may be making some very good points along the way; but our discomfort in their company arises from the intensity and relentlessness of their manner. We long that they might fall silent or, more realistically, allow us to run away.



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