Reports have reached TheSpoof.com that a man has become stuck in a rut.
The man, who must remain nameless because I don't want to give him the attention he craves, is said to have been in an extreme state of lethargy lately, and has done nothing worthwhile for a long time.
His work has suffered, and colleagues have remarked openly about how he seems to be 'going through the motions', churning out questionable results, and making everyone around him feel slightly embarrassed, not to say 'uneasy'. One of his closest friends at work says he found a scrap of paper on the man's desk with the telephone number of the Samaritans on it.
Another friend of the unnamed man who himself wished to remain nameless, said:
"He's an OK guy, so long as everyone's slapping him on the back, but he doesn't take rejection well. You might well say he's a total attention-seeker, and it's absolutely true that he really doesn't like being ignored."
The problem seemed to have started quite recently with a downturn in his fortunes, and what can only be called 'rejections', compounded by other 'societal pressures' outside his sphere of influence, but, in reality, the roots lie deep in his past, in situations that have remained buried for decades, but which are now beginning to emerge once more.
It's known that the man has set up various social networking accounts purely to gain attention, and convinces himself that the people who are his 'friends' actually 'like' him and his work, unlikely though this might seem.
On his Facebook page, he briefly loaded a link to a YouTube video of the punk classic, 'In A Rut' by The Ruts, which may be a forewarning of things to come, bearing in mind what happened to that group's lead vocalist, the talented, but directionless, Malcolm Owen.
The man's profile as a 'loner' in real-life, and somebody who regards himself as 'rather better than other people', is consistent with those 'of a creative mind', but also madness, and he, himself, openly admits to the latter.