Ten (or more) things that detract from human flourishing  

Posted by Denis Haack in , , , , , , , ,


(Not in any particular order.)

1. Nutritional legalists at church potlucks.

2. Small critters that die deep in the bowels of an old house that is full of charm but also, due to age, has untold numbers of little cracks into the basement and crawl spaces beneath it.

3. CDs with no lyrics.

4. Humidity in summer.

5. Above freezing temperatures in winter.

6. Thousands of gallons of crude oil fouling water and land while the company responsible Photoshop’s the pictures of its cleanup command center.

7. Movies with narration or voice over. (In a few cases it works, like in Shawshank Redemption, becoming part of the story. In most cases it doesn’t.)

8. SUV drivers who don’t bother to park between the lines.

9. Sentimentality.

10. Cynicism.

I would be honored if you would feel free to add to this list in your comments.

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13 comments

Good list...

11. Sports-talk radio.
12. Light beer.
13. Re-striped highways where you can still see the old lane lines.

July 27, 2010 at 7:06 PM

And why didn't you include fingerprints on your glass-topped desk?

July 27, 2010 at 7:16 PM

14. People who talk on their cell phones while trying to pull into the parking spot next to yours.

July 27, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Yellowed bed sheets?

July 28, 2010 at 4:55 AM

Now, as someone with a plethora of ornery old uncles, I have a sentimental attachment to cynics. They make me smile.

How would you feel about 9. Nostalgia and 10. Fearmongering instead? They strike me as more dangerous by far.

July 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

Texting while simultaneously having an in-person conversation.

July 28, 2010 at 1:38 PM

15. Cheaply made anything
16. Noisy neighbors
17. The consequences of eating beans.

July 29, 2010 at 3:57 AM

Temps in the 100's for weeks on end.

August 1, 2010 at 7:00 PM

#1 doesn't bother me as long as they/I keep their/my yap shut and bring something themselves that's for the vegans/gluten-intolerant/can-only-eat-meat crowd at their church.

August 2, 2010 at 1:06 PM

11. Unnecessary problems.
12. Chatter for fear of silence.
13. Silence for fear of being vulnerable
14. Consistant contrarianism
15. No courtesy lane change.

August 2, 2010 at 2:53 PM

18. Unnecessary problems.
19. Chatter for fear of silence.
20. Silence for fear of being vulnerable
21. Consistant contrarianism
22. No courtesy lane change.

August 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM
Anonymous  

Love of theology more than love of a person.

August 2, 2010 at 9:04 PM

YES! I <3 your list!
I would add:
"customer service that isn't".
arrogant people (Does that include everyone?)

August 13, 2010 at 3:29 PM

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