Most of us have a tiny idealist just dying to get out and soar. We believe that deep down people are good and life is worth living. And it’s true, most people are basically good and you can have a life worth living. However, that inner idealist also often believes that in some future utopian reality, all the ills of the world will be behind us. That cruelty will cease to exist and everybody will be happy, happy, happy. Sorry but I beg to differ.
No matter what you do or how hard you try you just aren’t going to change human nature (we’re an imperfect lot, don’t you know?), and therefore – despite all wishes to the contrary there are some things we’ll just never get rid of. Such as:
Politicians. It’s a dirty job and apparently there are lots of people to do it. Because let’s face it, power and corruption are pretty attractive to a lot of people.
Whiners. No matter how wonderful things are, no matter how harmonious, aesthetic, peaceful or otherwise copacetic, someone will always complain about something. Gee, it must suck to be them.
Weather. Sorry greenies but no matter how many rules you make up. How many models you create. How many stupid, tiny, little cars you create – we’re still going to have weather. It’s going to rain. And we’re going to have droughts. We’ll have floods. We’ll have good growing seasons and bad growing seasons. It will get really fucking hot and un-fucking-believably cold. Deal with it. Unless you can put a freaking bio-dome over the entire planet, no you aren’t going to control the weather. Or prevent some weird little insect from dying out. Besides, I thought you guys were all into evolution and things progressing naturally. I mean, didn’t we all have tails at some point on the evolutionary track? Well maybe not tails but I bet our teeth are way less pointy then they were say a 100,000 years ago. Know what I’m saying?
Commercials. I don’t care what any company ever says to you or promises you. We will always be inundated with ads. Screaming for our attention. First there was radio. Then television. Then cable television. Then streaming television. And what do they all have? Commercials. Crap even most YouTube videos make you watch an ad before you can see the 40 second video. Movie theaters used to restrict their ads to upcoming movies, now it’s about anything and everything. Oh and don’t you love those little bits that warn you about being polite, turning off your cell phones and not talking during the movie?
Talking heads. Second only to whiners. A talking head’s whole purpose in life is to tell you what you should think. Whether it’s about politics, culture, entertainment, where to send your kids to school or what kind of car you should drive – apparently they have some special super-power that you haven’t. The thing I don’t understand is how they came into being in the first place. Did somebody just wake up one day and say, “hey nobody knows what to do, we need to advise them!”? Although, I think once upon a time they were journalists…but we haven’t had actual journalists for a long time…
War. Yeah, I know. That really sucks. But the thing is, as long as one person can piss off another person, there will be war. I know, I know, some of you are thinking about that far off future utopia that will put an end to war. Forget about it. One man’s utopia is just another man’s hell and if nothing else, they’ll have a war about that. War is here to stay.
Bullies. I know what you’re thinking. That because of all these laws about bullying and those nifty public service announcements, we’ll beat the bullies. Okay, well I have a unicorn in my backyard that you might like to adopt too… Like good is to bad and right is to wrong – bullies will always exist. Because some people are just mean, don’t care about anyone but themselves and want things that strictly speaking belong to someone else. And like gun-free zones, bully-free zones don’t work either. Mostly because bullies usually can’t read. And the ones who can grow up to be tyrants (the biggest bullies of them all).
Reality Shows. Which of course are as far from reality as you can get. Except that in every heart lives a little meanie who likes to see others make big-ass fools out of themselves, so they can feel better about their own selves. I know, not pretty.
Victims. Now, I don’t mean real victims. Children subjected to war or domestic abuse. I mean people who claim that every little thing that happens to them makes them a victim. They lost their job because their employer discriminated against them (never mind that they called in sick every other day and never did any actual work), or they lost their homes because Bank of America exists, or they got hit by a car because they walked out into traffic against the light while they were texting on their smartphone. Because you see when you’re a victim you don’t have to be responsible for your actions, your words or your life. You can live on the dole, make others take care of you and often star in political commercials. Life is good, ain’t it?
Know-bests. These are people are the personification of ‘do as I say not as I do.’ They live in a rarefied world where they know what is best for you and everybody else and damn it, they’re going to make sure they control, regulate and/or legislate every aspect of your life. They’re going to tell you what you can eat, what you can say, how you can act and the kind of work you may do. They will ensure you drive the kind of car they deem correct, what causes you may support and the kind of healthcare you may have. When it comes to them, however, they do what they want, they indulge in any type of decadence they desire, and you may not under any circumstance criticize them without then being sullied as a racist, bigot, one-percenter, denier, extremist, or bully.
But despite the fact that we will never get rid of these things, remarkably the human race will survive. And most of us will live decent and good lives.
Do you agree or disagree? Let me know what you think. I love to hear what other people think.