I have noticed many times how completely our view of the world depends upon our beliefs and our emotions. Like Shakkerspeard said: There is nothing good or bad, only thinking makes it so.
For instance I have heard songs and read stories about the falling of the Berlin wall that made it seem like a sad thing (or at least melancholic)! How bizarre is this?
And read this excerpt from a 1997 interview with one of my favorite authors, William Gibson:
"One that I've noticed just in the last month is that because of the Internet and the World Wide Web, in effect, the world's attic is being sorted. It's being sorted with a speed and precision that would have been impossible ten or fifteen years ago. The whole concept of rarities and random finds is disappearing very, very quickly. Every book in every used book shop on the planet will be accessible to a search engine soon.
And there's something horribly sad about that."
All human culture is becoming available to all humans, and he thinks this is sad! This is just so wrong-headed I throw my hands up in despair.
O sure, I understand that he feels nostalgia for the pleasure of finding an amazing and rare book by accident or hard work... but William, find some perspective! We are having the most glorious and amazing cultural renaissance in human history!