The Sad Truth About Humanity That Makes Me Feel Better
Turn on a news station, read some Facebook comments, or go further into the depths of the web and you’ll walk away with the conclusion that everything is a manure-filled hayride to the apocalypse. With deranged mass shooters, police violence against protesters, the state of an election where we hate both and hope for the candidate who can actually do the job of president. (#realtalk #nottrump) and the garbage-can fire that is 2016 seems to be growing stronger.
Aside from the fact that objectively by almost every metric we are better off today than 30, 50, or 100 years ago I understand the sentiment. Here’s where I or a similar disillusioned colleague would lay fault with the media, 24 hours networks, or some political party. That’s depressingly not the real issue.
Yes things have gotten better overall simply because generationally we are able to teach our kids about what is right and what is wrong. It feels like a kicking and dragging process compared to how fast everything else seems to move nowadays, but that’s because it is. Sorry to also say, but that’s how it will continue to be, at least for a good while.
However while people today have gotten better about things, we still feel like there’s so much shit going on, and it’s because despite everything we work towards there are just some things we can’t fix. Here’s where the sad truth comes in folks, and it’s the reason why no matter what we will forever be stuck on the brink of fuckery. It’s because people either:
- Have no idea what they are doing.
- Try to act smart/tough/etc to cover the fact they have no idea what they are doing.
- Know enough about what they are doing to get as much money as they can.
And I know when you think about that – about how depressing it is to know that’s why things are so shitty, and will remain so – that you kind of want to give up. Here though is why knowing this makes me feel better. It’s because you will invariably fit into one of these categories. The difference being that you just need to ask yourself 1 question.
Is this person trying to fuck people over for money, or do they just not have a clue?
It’s a cynical approach sure, but I’d much rather deal with the people who mostly don’t know where they are going in life, and be wary of those who truly do. It’s not a hope spot, or something to make you feel warm and fuzzy, but it’s the only truth I got, and maybe it’s enough.
Anyway, I’m sorry, but that just happens to be how I feel about it. What do you think?
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