QOTD: Somber Glee and Mass Decline

A favorite quote of mine from Thomas Pynchon, one that is a useful tonic during more pessimistic moods:

A pose I found congenial in those days — fairly common, I hope, among pre-adults — was that of somber glee at any idea of mass destruction or decline.

Source: Pynchon, T. Slow Learner: Early Stories (Back Bay Books: 1985) p.13.