Strangely I associate these two words with soothsayers and astrologers. Astrology is supposed to give you a brighter aspect of your future. In fact in Indian custom, an astrologer who prophecies doom, gloom and death is supposed to have committed a grave sin. The papers that publish the day’s-week’s forecasts all have a great deal of filibustering. They say bright, shiny and positive things and then deliver the kick. Live astrologers too always see something negative lurking around your natal chart and that means making amends with tedious rituals and visits to remote temples to pray for deliverance.
In Indian mythology we have two sides—the Devas (gods) and the Asuras (demons) who are perpetually at war with each other. Note I said ‘gods’ as this refers to the minor personalities in the Hindu pantheon who are gods for some time only as they too have to go through the cycle of birth, life and creation. The fight between the Devas and Asuras is representational of the good and evil that resides in all of us. Similarly, we also have the bright and sunny disposition and the doom and gloom outlook. For some people one characteristic takes precedence. So you have the optimists—and I consider myself one of them—and the pessimists who can only look at the negative side of life.
The stock market and betting player are generally optimists—I suppose they wouldn’t be in that field of enterprise. So when I watch Business Tv (my husband has the channels on all the time) on the one hand we see the gloomy outlook pundits pontificating about the downside of businesses and why the economy is going or a toss. On the other hand you have these chirpy anchors who ask questions and don’t generally wait for answers and plow through the day’s ups and downs with the same bright smile and look on their faces. They never wear black, do they?
We have a friend—an old man now and he comes from a famous landowning family and really leads a luxurious life. His standard refrain for the past 20 years that we have known him is “This country will never prosper or make it good, Sir!” And frankly speaking, this country, in spite of scams, scandals and sedition is doing good, generally speaking. The doom and gloom like the cyclones that strike our coastal areas comes and devastates and the people pick themselves up and go ahead with their lives.
Hitchcock had a face that displayed doom and gloom. He seemed to relish the events that would unfold in his mystery TV series. I enjoy the reruns and the stories, but his face and his presentation before and after the story are totally off-putting.
I am a sunny personality and cannot abide with doom and gloom. For me life is a joy, a journey to cherish and celebrate in health and illness, in richness or bad times, in happiness and tribulations, through all the seasons and ages!
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