In an interview with the New Zealand Herald Stephen Fry had an emotional message for young gays and lesbians. When asked ‘what piece of advice would you give to Stephen Fry, aged 10 the lovable bear said: “You’re not alone. Everything you feel is fine. Only feel guilty about things you have done that are mean and cheap and unkind. Don’t feel guilty about what you feel, no matter what the world might think. Everyone is scared inside, not just you. That’s why reading is so good. Keep doing it. Writers are people brave enough to make you feel better about being human because they’re not afraid to reveal their own frailties, weaknesses, desires, failures, and appetites.”
When asked What sucks? Stephen replied:
“Cynicism. Not healthy empirical scepticism, but “the cynicism that sneers and snarls” as E.M. Forster put it. The cynicism that reminds you that the origin of the world refers to the more snarly and vicious characteristics of mastiffs. Cynicism sucks big time.
Cynics are scared of emotion, scared of commitment, scared of sentiment, and so they snap and scoff and second-guess the motives of others. They are unaware that there is nothing so pretentious as seeing pretension in others. They sneer at what they don’t understand (modern art and music, for example) and are infuriated that other people get pleasure and reward from such things. It is the rage of Caliban at seeing his own reflection, as Oscar (Wilde) put it.”