Right, first let’s look at the Daily Post topic, then I’ll chatter aimlessly for a bit.
We all have experiences where after we leave a conversation, or a date ends, we realize something clever we wish we had said.
The French call this l’esprit de l’escalier, which means, roughly, staircase wit (as in, you get the idea for something to say only when you are in the staircase, heading home).
Can you recall moments in your life, at work or at home, where you realize now there was something else you wish you had said? Or done? Make a list.
Sadly, most of the best ones have long vanished from my memory. There was one or two that I nursed for years until it finally faded just recently. But in keeping with the spirit of things I will try to recall as many as I can. I will only provide quotes, no context, even if tomorrow’s topic is to provide that context. Sorry. These are roughly in chronological order.
“I don’t want you to go. It’s your life and your choice and I can’t make that decision for you, but I don’t want you to go.”
“That’s a fucked up thing to say to an innocent bystander.”
“Oh yeah, you’re the dumb-ass who thought threatening me would get me to stick my neck out for you!”
“Did you seriously just claim that drinking extra water cures cancer? You’re standing there giving an address to a little community college instead of the Nobel Committee and you’re saying with a straight face that you know the cure for fucking cancer?! I am skeptical of your claim on account of I think I would have noticed every single headline in the world saying ‘Cancer cure found!’ You are either the world’s most small minded narcissist, keeping this info to yourself so you can feel big at small fry lectures like this one, or you’re a common fraud and a charlatan. Which is it?”
Seems like I had a few more in mind, but now I can’t think of them. Guess the blind rage that last one still brings up wiped out the rest. I suppose anything else would be a little anticlimactic after it. That one really bugs me because for a long time I couldn’t work out exactly how to put my objections into words. There was actually a lot more wrong there, but that’s what I wish I’d said at the time.
To me the most frustrating thing about incidents like these is that I expect better of myself. Like I should be more quick-witted, more eloquent, more morally courageous. I guess most people fall short of their own ideals, but that doesn’t make it any less annoying.
Well, that’s all I have for today. Have a good night everyone.