- Nov 24, 2013
Your penultimate paragraph reflects exactly what I was thinking. If the future is absolutely hopeless then what would be the point in supporting in some kind of martyr like fashion? The truth I suspect is that whilst many fans are in a pessimistic mood, of course they do still hold out optimism for the future. It’s the reason why all those who spend the match day thread trying to outdo each other with negativity nevertheless stay until the bitter end. Like the rest of us, they still hold out hope that it will come good before the end.It’s interesting that you dismiss Metalhead’s restrained optimism as a “theoretical future that may never come to fruition” when your entire post is founded on unrestrained negativity about an equally theoretical future that may never come to fruition.
Of course, I do get why fans are unhappy. I’m unhappy too. You’re absolutely correct to say that we had a golden chance or three. And blew them. Levy undoubtedly has to take a share of the blame. As does Poch. And the players. And now we have Jose, who has done little yet to restore our faith. So, yes, I completely understand where you’re coming from.
But perhaps you could clarify for me what kind of pessimism specifically motivated your post? There are two generally accepted types - defensive and dispositional. The former is actually a positive trait because it helps us to prepare for the worst. The latter serves no purpose other than to suck every last drop of enjoyment from the lives of its sufferers.
So is your post simply your way, as a long suffering Spurs fan, of helping you to prepare for the worst, should it ever come to pass? In which case, that’s probably not a bad idea! Or is it just that you find yourself taking a kind of perverse solace in misery? In which case, shake it off.
We have no idea what comes next. Not for Spurs. Nor for any other club. All we can say is that, under Levy, Spurs rose to very near the top from a far lowlier position than now. The odds were stacked against us to a far greater degree. We had nothing like the resources then that we have now.
There is nothing to be gained from speculating that everything will go right for myriad other clubs in the near future while everything will go wrong for Spurs. Nothing to be gained, that is, apart from inuring yourself to disappointment. And while that is a valid defensive strategy, don’t let it suck the hope and enjoyment that you can and should still get from following Spurs. Hope still abides. Hold onto it.
Hello, everyone, by the way. Long time lurker. Thought I’d announce myself with a bland first contribution....