What Is a Curmudgeon??

What is a Curmudgeon anyway?

      A curmudgeon's reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They're neither warped nor evil at heart. They don't hate mankind, just mankind's absurdities. They're just as sensitive and soft-hearted as the next guy, but they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy. They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor.  . . . . .   They attack maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment.   . . . . .   Nature, having failed to equip them with a servicable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit.
      Curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather than a disease. They can't compromise their standards and can't manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness. Their awareness is a curse.
      Perhaps curmudgeons have gotten a bad rap in the same way that the messenger is blamed for the message: They have the temerity to comment on the human condition without apology. They not only refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee. Their versions of the truth unsettle us, and we hold it against them, even though they soften it with humor.

- JON WINOKUR
 

lilystrange lilystrange
46-50, F
4 Responses Feb 15, 2009

Amen and Halleluia!

Looking for another post about curmudgeons I had to smile when I found this as I posted the same article without knowing it on EP back in March of 2012 in the group I love Real People. I titled it Their Awareness. I didn't see this here at the time I found it googling the proper speling of the word.

Yuk,They appear to possess a character that most would not understand hence leaving them with few friends and I suspect several enemies.I feel a sense of sorrow for individuals with these particular trait

Cleveland Amory considered himself a curmudgeon, but I think I would have liked him. I really liked his book "The Cat Who Came for Christmas." There should be more enjoyable, humorous, yet tenderly inspiring stories like that.