August 30th, 2003

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I watched The Comedian today. See this movie if you haven’t. It’s the documentary that follows Jerry Seinfeld around as he starts up a new comedy act after his TV show has left the air. It’s really funny, and it offers a thoughtful commentary on working, art, and attitudes toward life. The comedians are never satisfied with their work, even when they are doing well. You see people at the top of their profession convinced they are just one step away from failure.

I find it fascinating that many people who have genius or who have accomplished great things are so tortured. Is that necessary? Is self-satisfaction the antithesis of achievement?

I often find myself frustrated because I am not as good a therapist as I want to be. Is this good for me, inspiring me to try harder? Or is it merely depressing?