May 5, 2012

"Perpetual boredom? At least we can take ourselves off to visit the planets for distraction."

"Tell me," I said, "these problems I've been having with the golf and the worrying. Do other people react like that?"
"Oh yes. We often get people asking for bad weather, for instance, or for something to go wrong. They miss things going wrong. Some of them ask for pain."
"For pain?"
"Certainly. Well, you were complaining the other day about not feeling so tired that -- as I think you put it -- you just want to die. I thought that was an interesting phrase. People ask for pain, it's not so extraordinary. We've had them requesting operations, as well. I mean, not just cosmetic ones, real ones."
-- Julian Barnes, "The Dream", from A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters.