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That saying about "the journey" is kinda full of crap.

"It's not about the destination; it's about the journey."

Sort of.

I was thinking about this saying the other day.  It's one of those half-baked truisms folks dust off when talking about a story they liked and whose ending everybody else hated.

So, yeah, I'm bitching about "Lost" again.

I know, I know, it's been five years.... It was a deep goddamn cut.
(Well, actually, I'm bitching about Parallels again, to be honest.  I was thinking about it at random and I started snowballing into thoughts about other things with shitty endings.  Anyway, this isn't really important to my point.)

I like the idea of the saying.  The journey is the biggest part of the experience, right?  So you want that to be good.  Your second act (and third and fourth and fifth and however many others until you get to the last) should be excellent.  You can't count on a good ending to save an otherwise boring story.

But the ending's still pretty damn important.  One might say it's still kinda the point.

Put it this way.  You're going on a five-day road trip to Orlando so you can visit Disney World. Along the way you stop at a lot of cool attractions, meet a lot of interesting people, and make a lot of great memories.  But when you finally get to Disney World, you kinda have a disappointing time.  Your hotel's shitty, you get sick with the flu, and half the rides are broken. Even so, you look back on that trip and you think, "That was still an okay vacation."  That's the situation people are referring to when they spew that crap about the journey.

But not every destination can be swept away like that.  Now imagine the next year you take a five-day road trip to Disney Land.  Same plan, different coast.  And like the year before, you have a lot of wonderful stops along the way.  But then, on the last day of the trip, you take a wrong turn and instead of Disney Land, you somehow wind up stuck in the Orange County Correctional Facility for a week.  Like, no matter how much fun you had when you stopped at the Four Corners, that's still the worst vacation of your life, right?

So it goes with shitty endings.  I get that you can still have a halfway decent experience if the journey was great, but if the destination is completely wrong - or non-existent - then it's a miserable excuse for a story.

Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is that you shouldn't take travel advice from somebody without a sense of direction, and you shouldn't indulge in stories from people who make shit up as they go along.  Charisma without a plan is just delayed disappointment.

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