Do You Ever Yearn?



Have you ever gone through a rut in your life and feel like you are George Costanza? I know I have. This hilarious clip shows the genius of Seinfeld as they juxtapose the utter ambition-less Costanza with a momentarily inspired Kramer. Kramer is the opposite of George in that he is constantly planning for some great idea whereas George is only inspired by a plan to somehow avoid ambition. The problem with Kramer is that his inspired plans are fleeting and often misguided.

However, in this clip, we see Kramer challenging George's complete lack of ambition. It's funny to think about "yearning". It is something most of us do, but rarely think about doing it. Maybe Kramer is right. When we are stuck in a rut, the key is to purposefully think about yearning. It's about regaining your ambition. Because without ambition, what are we? Well... George. And who wants that?
Kramer: Do you ever yearn?
George: Yearn? Do I yearn?
Kramer: I yearn.
George: You yearn?
Kramer: Oh yes... yes I yearn. Often, I sit... and yearn. Have you yearned?
George: [he pauses to think] Well, not recently.... I craved. I crave all the time, constant craving. I haven't yearned.
Kramer: Look at you.
George: Kramer, don't start!
Kramer: No. No. You're wasting your life.
George: I am not! What you call wasting, I call living! I'm living my life! [he pounds the table]
Kramer: Well ok. Like what?... No tell me.... Do you have a job?
George: No
Kramer: You got money?
George: No
Kramer: Do you have a woman?
George: [a depressed] No
Kramer: Do you have any prospects?
George: No
Kramer: Do you got anything on the horizon?
George: No
Kramer: Do you got any action at all?
George: No
Kramer: Do you have any conceivable reason for even getting up in the morning?
George: I like to get The Daily News...
Kramer: George, it's time for us to grow up... and be men. Not little boys.
George: Why? Kramer: I'm going to California. You know, I've got the bug.
George: Yeah, [scratching his nose] I think I've got a touch of something too...