We’re 3D printing replacement limbs. And mansions!
Meanwhile, there’s an entire generation of people (not just kids) sending out racist tweets to one of the female Ghostbusters, or jerking off to Japanese cartoons, or watching pawn shop reality shows. Or all of those at the same time!
There are 100 million or more people who spend their time as living, breathing YouTube comments.
People rage at Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem, but don’t care to ask why or suggest exactly how he should go about getting attention for his cause. Much easier to cast aspersions from home while sipping from a red, white, and blue beer can.
On the other side, people make fun of Trump supporters for being racist and backwards without also asking why it is that millions of people are running to the causes he’s promoting. Where does their fear come from, and might some of it be legitimate? No, they’re just moronic rednecks.
We all like to apply blanket terms to large swaths of people so we don’t have to take them seriously.
Liberal, converative, leftist, zionist, social justice warrior…just slap a label on something so you can go about your day. They’re different and clearly misguided, so I don’t really need to pay them any mind.
Jesus I can’t believe I’m even talking about this.
It’s always easier to mock and criticize than to carefully contemplate and keep your mouth shut.
Or, when appropriate, voice support.
Or, when appropriate, thoughtfully oppose.
We all have our hangups and our escapes. Commentary has it’s place. Satire has long been an avenue of intelligent subversion.
These things aren’t what most people are up to.
It sucks. If you’re toiling away, like millions of others, like I once was, you have to find a way to remove yourself.
Because – and this is my positive spin on things – while most of society is distracted chasing their tails, there’s this wild, rapidly shifting world waiting for us.
Let the masses toil. Let them watch celebrity reality shows, repeat what talk radio tells them, and mock the people that are flying out of comfort zones.
Put in your work, impact the people around you, learn the things others won’t take the time to.
Do the hard shit. Solve big problems. Push things forward. Learn something new. Pivot to the unknown.
Be above embodying a living YouTube comment. Let everyone else Snapchat dick pics and make jokes about Harambe the ape.
There are infinite opportunities available for anyone who’s willing to hold themselves to a higher standard.
Have your fun, goof around and let your brain drone on dribble when appropriate. Then step away, and head back to the lab.
But when you recognize the opportunity to be a builder, to advance people and things instead of tearing them down, take it. Because there’s an entire population out there doing their worst right now. And very few who are doing everyone else’s work.