All sorts do make the world. Some grumpy goats remain as cold as ice even when we discuss serious matters.
I was choking when I narrated an incident to an acquaintance: “This wonderful friend was engaged to a cheerful, handsome guy. I was very happy for her. Now, I am in distress when I hear the boy is no more.”
His reply: “Hmmm.”
I was telling another grumpy guy about how Apple’s Steve Jobs struggled in his early days. Jobs’ biological mom put him for adoption. “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” she had asked. He didn’t have a dorm room and slept on floor in friends’ room. He returned Coke bottles and would walk seven miles every Sunday night to get a good meal at the Hare Krsna temple in the US. The Whole Earth Catalogue carried a line: Stay hungry, stay foolish. This line had a deep impact on Jobs.
I thought I had given an inspiring speech but all that the irritable friend replied was, “I see.” I realized I was talking to the wall.
No expression. No reaction.
To add insult to injury, the guy started talking about his “stupid” boss, who threw files on the floor whenever he got angry. Saying this, he laughed loudly.
This time I turned expressionless.
What a sweet revenge.