The Need For Adversity

Sometimes when I walk into my comic book store, I’m asked if I have a ‘pull list’ with them. For those who are unaware, a pull list is a list of comics you want set aside so you can just pick them up when you arrive. Now I see the logic behind this. People want to come in, get their stuff and go. That’s fine and if that’s your thing, God bless. As for me, I usually turn down the offer. I tell them I like the hunt, and I do. I love to search through the titles and find my prey. Sometimes I even discover something new or find something unexpected. The randomness o f the unknown is too much of a temptation for me.

This got me to thinking about society in general. When I was growing up, we had to wait until the next week to see the following episode of our favorite shows. Now we can binge the entire season in an afternoon. We would have to wait days, sometimes weeks, for items we ordered through a catalog. Now you get your Amazon order the next day. Same day in some cases. We have grown to resenting a wait. We’re always looking for ways to make things come faster. We want it now and we want it perfect. Why the rush? What happened to the joy of anticipation? I know it seems like torture to have to wait, but that’s when you truly savor the experience and that makes getting what you want even sweeter and more fulfilling. Being able to get whatever you want on demand is like empty calories and the satisfaction fades away so quickly.

I think, as a species, we require adversity. We honestly crave it and by trying to eliminate it, we’re losing a basic part of ourselves and I also see how this can affect the real world. Look at what eBooks have done. It’s easier, cheaper and faster to buy a digital book, but where have all the bookstores gone? I don’t see any new ones opening. Those jobs are gone and are never coming back. I’m not saying digital books are alone to blame, but you can’t say they weren’t a component of the situation. I mean, look at the music industry. Now that we can buy music digitally, music stores have gone extinct as well. Even some stores l like Best Buy and Target are shrinking their music selections or eliminating them all together. We need to be challenged, even in these urban environs. Our hunting instinct still exists, but it has no outlet. I think that’s why some people are ‘shoppers’. They enjoy the hunt, but instead of food, they’re hunting for bargains. I believe this because I know when I am out for something, I will not stop until I get it. I have spent entire days tracking down my treasures not intending to go to such lengths. It’s a drive in me that goes beyond rational thought. It’s instinct. A hunger for some kind of satisfaction and when I find my ‘prey’ I am happy. I feel as though I have accomplished something. I’ve been know to collect those Pop Vinyl figures and while I do purchase many of them online, there are times I go out and seek out some of the harder to find ones and when I do find them, the satisfaction is noticeably higher for me. I could have stayed home and ordered them online, but being out in the world and finding it myself was a  much richer experience. Quicker and faster is not exactly better. I know many would disagree, but it’s true.

Picture a world where everything is yours the second you want it. You don’t have to wait until that new movie comes out, you can just watch it online now. You can shop for your groceries online and have them delivered. You don’t have to wait for anything or go out for any reason. You get to just sit on your ass all day long while people bring you things and you download whatever you want online. This is not how we were designed to live. I’m not saying innovation is evil, but I think it needs to be restrained. It may seem archaic in some cases, but I don’t think we should be trying to make EVERYTHING so easy. We have to work for it a little bit. Someday we’ll have robots making all of our cars, serving us food and movie theaters will be a thing of the past, and that will pretty much deep six the entire entertainment industry, believe me, it will. All we’ll be left with is YouTube videos and whatever homemade crap people are still uploading. I don’t know about you, but I see the way things are going and I don’t want it. I long for the days before the internet and before same day delivery. I honestly believe having to wait and learning to be patient made better people. Kids are now growing up in a world where they get what they want right away and look at them. Over-privileged douchebags who spend their days developing apps so they can sell them to Google for a billion dollars before they graduate high school. Life is getting so mushed up and warped around. We’re losing the foundation and it’s all falling apart.

I know this isn’t going to change anything, but hopefully if someone actually reads this, they’ll at least walk away with something to think about.

Millennials Suck!

I don’t normally make such broad statements, but based on the behavior I observe and the effect the Millennials have on our culture, I just have to say that they just suck. They suck so hard!

They are the ones who gave us ‘internet celebrities’. You know, those people famous for nothing. The people who spend their time making some idiotic video just to put it on Facebook or Instagram so people can watch it for free. All that work just for views? WTF!

I also dislike this generation because they are the generation of the short cut. The easy way. If they see a way they can get what they want with the least effort possible, they take it every  time and they don’t see the problem. They just don’t. They don’t get that there is a difference between the right way and the easy way. They live on their phones and stay in that little bubble, ignoring the world around them and don’t realize that they are as connected to us as we are to them.

And why is it most Millennial males are such complete douchebags? I mean, they wear their baseball caps backwards (classic trait of the douchebag) act like Frat boys and listening to them talk is like driving a nail through your ear. (bro this, bro that. Don’t bro me if you don’t know me)

Maybe this comes from a place of jealousy. I’m big enough to admit that. I guess at this point in my life I start to wish I had another shot at my twenties. Not that I wasted it, it’s just these kids today live in a way that was unheard of then. I see kids fresh out of high school behind the wheels of BMWs and Mercedes Benzes. They travel and go places without a worry of how to pay for it. A lot of these kids are already deep in their careers by the time they graduate from high school. Companies love to snap  up young talent. Our culture seems to  be obsessed with young talent. The younger they are, the more amazed we all are. I hate those 20 under 20 lists. Those lists create this pressure for us to reach some imaginary goal before we age out, and every year we age out sooner and sooner.

I guess what I hate most about the generation is that it leads us now and I don’t much like where it has been leading us. A world where we don’t connect with each other. A world we see through the screens of our phones. A world where too many people think it’s supposed to be some non-stop party and whatever you can do to get what you want with as little work as possible is okay, no matter who you hurt in the process. Millennials need to realize they have a responsibility. We don’t need them to save the world or the environment. We just need them to grow up and realize that the measure of a person isn’t their bank book or how many followers they have. Some people may never realize their worth in their lifetime and that’s okay. There’s more to life than what is around you. This thing called life extends far past this limited sphere.

I’ve said my peace. All I can say to any Millennials who actually have the concentration to read this is wake up, put the phone down and don’t be a douche.