I never read much Dilbert. I’ve never worked in an office, so a lot of the humour was … not lost on me, exactly, but so far removed from my experience that it never elicited more than a mild chuckle. But apparently I did, at some point, read a Dilbert newsletter, from which came today’s quote.
My life is a tapestry of confused wonder.
I liked it because I do tend to view the world through a wondrous lens. It can be anything – music, the play of light and shadow, a book or movie or piece of art, a squirrel running through the trees, a fast car, the functionality of machinery, the human body, the process of building something with one’s own hands, and on and on ad infinitum. Whatever it is, I like to approach it with wide eyes. It makes life more fun and interesting.
I also liked how it refers to life as a tapestry. Not a unique phrasing, of course, but I’ve always been a fan of the word tapestry and, to steal a line from Elle Driver, I so rarely have an opportunity to use it in a sentence.
As for the confused part, well, that’s the bit that makes this quote stand out. Life being a tapestry of wonder is a pretty common idea, endlessly espoused by people trying to communicate why being a human alive is a joyous thing, and it can sometimes be a bit hard to take. Adding confusion into the mix brings a bit of honesty to the idea.
Of course, since I snagged this quote in 2002, I’ve learned a bit about Scott Adams, Dilbert‘s creator. How he’s dived headfirst into RWNJ territory. How he’s used some kind of numerology bullshit to ‘prove’ Joe Biden is satanic. How he somehow thought this was a good idea:
And I realize that sometimes the real confusion comes from wondering how assholes can be so successful.
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