So something I've been thinking about a lot lately is how most or all of the people I know like to read books with happy endings, watch movies with happy endings, and listen to music with happy messages. And I've been thinking about that. I think it's silly.
Let me explain more. Everybody knows (or should know) that life is not fair, and that things do not turn out the way we want them to a majority of the time. And yet, I think that saturating ourselves with the message to everything will turn out okay is just lying to ourselves. Everything will not turn out okay. There most likely will not be a happy ending, a Princess Charming (nice, huh?), or a joyful death. Life is about things going wrong.
And don't get me wrong. I'm not saying we shouldn't indulge in happy endings and messages sometimes, because there's a time for everything. But I think we should definitely balance things out. If you're going to watch a Jane Austen movie, read a John Steinbeck book (On Sunday, I read The Pearl and Of Mice And Men. They were both really good, and they made me think. Today, I finished The Old Man and the Sea. Hemingway and Steinbeck both believe in what I'm saying in this post. Or, I guess you could say that I believe what they say in their books.). If you're going to listen to K-Love (Positive, encouraging, K-Love! Ugh. Makes me wanna throw up. Even the Christian life is not supposed to be completely positive and encouraging.), then listen to Bright Eyes. Okay, maybe don't listen to Bright Eyes. But listen to somebody who doesn't believe in happy, happy, happy.
Life is not a fairy tale. There's no promise that I'm going to get married, have some wonderful kids, and live my life out happy and content, going to work five days a week and comfortably supporting my family. What way of knowing is there that those things will happen? If I do get married (A BIG if right now), everything will not be easy. What did life after the end of Pride and Prejudice look like? There's a reason it's not included in the book (for one thing, the book was getting too long.), and that's because people don't like to read books that don't satisfy our appetite for happiness. And happiness cannot endure forever.
I can get fed up with people who believe that "everything's going to be all right." Life gives no guarantee of that, and we shouldn't expect it to be so.