Sunday, July 29, 2007

in which my lonliness is revealed

I don't quite know what to think about this. It's Christine's fault that I even went to the damn Blogthings in the first place, and though I did take the finger quiz, it ended up giving me one of the lesser digits, so I opted not to post about that. I decided instead to find out what kind of friend I am, and you see below how I faired. Commentary to follow, so go ahead and read about what an asshole I am and what I think about that.

You Are Not a Good Friend

There is nothing that makes you a good friend.
You're way too self centered and down right mean to be a true friend to anyone.

Though you may occasionally enjoy the company of others, you don't truly value it.
You treat your friends like dirt, and you're lucky that they stick around at all.

Try to give back a little in your friendships, and stop always thinking of your own needs.
If you don't, you may find yourself a very lonely person in the future.

Your friends need you most when: They are bored or lonely

You really can't be friends with: Anyone, at least, not until you change

Your friendship quote: "One must be fond of people and trust them if one is not to make a mess of life."


I really don't know what to think about this. I'm not overly fond of people, finding most people to be weird, and they make me uncomfortable because they're probably standing there looking at me and thinking I'm weird.

Based on the questions and my answers, I really think I would make a decent friend. And even the criticism above seems, when I read it, to indicate that, as a friend, I'm above offering good feelings for the sake of likability, a trait I would think necessary to true friendship. There's also a lot of hatefulness reserved for those the quiz deems bad friends.

So, friends need each other most when they are bored or lonely, or so the quiz would have us believe. I'll give you a little lonely, but if I'm your friend because I keep you from being bored, then I don't really give a shit. I'm not entertainment. And honestly, if you're going to be lonely, can you at least do it over thereish a little?

Of course if you are hanging out with me and are bored, you must not be paying attention. I'm the life of the fucking party. I'm the dude in the front of the conga line, shaking my hips and doing that frontal parts thrust. People love me because I so fucking bring it.

Maybe this should be the new meme. Everyone that reads this has to go to Blogthings and take quizzes until they find one that's very unflattering. I trust you to all be honest, because I'm sure anyone reading here would only get the best scores from an internet thingy that tells you how much like something you are based on some questions assumed to be loaded with meaning and weightiness, and I'm quite certain my readers will have to take a number of quizzes before they find any negatives about themselves. Then comment with a link to your post about it or something suitable. We'll create world peace by collecting and celebrating our individual failings.

2 comments:

RedMolly said...

I'm not overly fond of people either, which is why I blog (and read others' blogs). A realistic substitute for reality, and it gives me a sense of connection to others that I can turn off at will by closing my laptop and walking away.

Or, IRL, when it becomes necessary to spend lots of time with society my soul hasn't necessarily selected... well, that's why alcohol was invented, isn't it?

(oh, sorry... is my sociopathy showing? anyway, just wanted to let you know that yeah, i feel ya. not taking the quiz, though.)

Mark Steel said...

Jesus, man, I'm the life of the party, too ... but damn, I swear I feel like one the few social people left on the friggin' Internet lately:

You Are a Good Friend Because You're Accepting

No matter what a friend says or does, you try your best to understand it.
And your friends feel like they can tell you anything. You don't judge.

You know that friendship is a journey - with a lot of ups and downs.
If you and a friend grow apart, you get over it quickly... and leave the potential for future friendship open.

You tend to have many friends from many walks of life. Anyone you meet is could become a friend.
In fact, you are especially interested in people who are a little different than you. Seeing life from another perspective is something you cherish.

Your friends need you most when: They can't turn to anyone else with their secrets

You really can't be friends with: Dogmatic, stubborn people

Your friendship quote: "Love is blind, but friendship closes its eyes."