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sort of hate this generation. pop culture blows, companies pollute the food, too much crap on the internet and a college degree isnt worth anything anymore. being a lawyer used to be great not so much nowadays. my neighbor told me being in the marines used to be a honor. not sure if its true but kids used to solve problems by beating the fuck out of each other on the playground. nowadays the media cries over playground fights and we have nerds armed with assault rifles shooting schools up. kids bully each other over faebook wtf bunch of pussies. its harder to be private nowadays with all the camera phones and gov surveillance. football used to be great but its not ever since the nfl let corporate america insert ads every 2 minutes
but our technology is better. we have lasik and fast portable cpmuters. theres online dating. we can have friends from different parts of the world without ever meeting them. at coachella there was that hologram of tupac which was pretty cool
and lol at that picture. in my old gym i used to see this one girl that was on her phone while half assing the elipical machine. she was skinny and had no place using the machine
I think you can do the best out of any time all of the time.
Yes, we have more social mobility these days - and in the past still people made the leap of faith and stood out, e.g. emigrating to the United States.
Could we do better? Maybe in 100 years people will wonder how poor our life was because we could not do intergalactic space travel.
Then again, in the past, people had no life revolving around TV and computers and were "forced" to go out and do good stuff with their friends. Sure, people did not have as many opportunities, but I'd like to believe they were happy with what opportunities they had.
You always live now. I try to ALWAYS see life from the positive side and enjoy the opportunities I have. Then, when I look back in ten years, and I know I enjoyed every day as much as I could, I know I had a good life. I think that's all that matters.
I know that no matter what, I enjoy life most when I am doing something to improve myself - or something that matters and makes a difference for myself and my friends. Going out to see a game, playing cello at the Swedish Church, making a German Christmas party in New York City with Mulled Wine - all good.
I believe (as long as I don't live in a war zone) the point is not how many opportunities I have available to me at any given time, but how much effort I put in to use them. I think they called it "Carpe diem" in "Dead Poets Society". And THAT works EVERY time.
That being said - I think we live in awesome times!
well it seems idiots are on the rise, i've said myself there are serious issues with modern society, this generation or what ever but that doesn't mean there is any other time period i'd rather live in, perhaps like to experience but not be stuck living in apart from possibly the future haha. this is really 2 separate things "do you like this generation(people)" and "do you like living in this generation" to which my answers would be no and yes respectively.
We live in the age of information. You can improve every aspect of your life and learn any skill you want. There are no limitations besides yourself to unlocking your full potential. It fucking baffles me that people never take advantage of this, but like you say Chris, it makes it easier for us enlightened guys.
I think one of the most important skills of today is being able to effectively scan through information, sorting out the bullshit and taking use of the good stuff. (Taking action is as important as it has ever been, but I think it goes without saying)
Be happy that you're alive now, and take fucking advantage of it!
"Motivation is fleeting and easy to rely on because it requires no concentrated effort to get. Motivation comes to you, you don't even have to chase after it.
Discipline is reliable, motivation is fleeting. The question isn't how to keep yourself motivated, it's how to train yourself to work without it."
There seems to be a "nostalgia phenomenon" among people in general...where everybody thinks that their generation is the worst one, that 30-50 years ago was the "good ole' days", and that the world is so fucked up that it's on the brink of collapse. This applies to pretty much every generation in existence, even though things in general have continued to get better for awhile.
Some people will say that inflation and devaluing of the dollar have put the economy in the toilet, and that the average person in the 1900's would have been earning today's equivalent of 100K per year. That's true, but in many ways the average poor person today is better off than most rich people were in the early 1900's. Back then, how many rich people were able to retrieve any piece of information in existence and talk with anybody in the world just by using a handheld device? How many of them had access to high-tech medical care if they had something really wrong with them? Technology is a big factor when it comes to how "wealthy" people are.
Alot of people will point out that there were much fewer bad laws, regulations, taxes, and gun control back in the good ole' days. But with the lack of accessible information at that time, it was bound to happen eventually. You had the newspaper, and a few mainstream TV stations to get your information from...and that was IT. The government basically had a stranglehold on propaganda at that time. The war on drugs, LBJ's ridiculous "Great Society" programs, getting off the gold standard, Reefer Madness, etc...all this stuff was passed off as "legitimate" because the government could make people believe almost anything. Now we've got the internet, and politicians have even admitted that "it makes things more difficult" for them. Information gets spread very easily, and recently we have seen mistrust in government go way up, especially in younger people. The "mainstream media" is ridiculed now. More people seem to be taking an interest in philosophy, and Stefan Molyneux hosts the most popular philosophy show on the internet. And the establishment is even worried now that "young people are abandoning religious and political institutions".
And there's definitely less masculinity these days, but all that means is less competition for the guys who actually want to be real men. Back in the good ole' days, there was not only more competition...but there was also less that you could do about it. There weren't self-improvement sites like GLL out there. You could work out and take steroids, but in the early days most people didn't even know about PCT's and proper maintenance. Plastic surgery was in its infancy, and it was more likely to ruin you than make you look better. If you lost your hair, too bad...there was nothing you could do about it, and the shaved head look was not acceptable at that time. Your time as an attractive and respectable human being was just finished. If you had social anxiety or any other personality disorders, there would be no way to fix it, and people would just tell you to "get over it". Basically everything was all about what you were born with, and there was very little that you could actually do to change yourself. But now that's all different.
I think overall we are living in a better time than ever. And we're even moving toward fixing the political and societal problems that we do have right now, because alot of people seem to be actually recognizing them as problems. Every generation has its issues, and ours don't seem to be that bad when you put things in perspective.
Thanks for posting this. Everyone should read this thread.
Also, this is what I love about this forum and site. The unique perspective we have. If I had this conversation with "normal" folk out on the street, they would just disagree with me and look at this in the typical negative way.
I'm so sick of this "Our Generation Sucks, I Wish I Grew Up in the 80's-20's" bullshit.
It's always young punk ass kids who have no experience living in those times. They just hate their miserable lives and blame their generation for sucking.
It's also just old out-of-touch fucks who wish they could re-live their glory years back in those times again. If I was 60 years old in 2014, I too would wish it was the 70's again.
And this obsession with bitching about technology, pop culture, music, television and shit like that these days. It's fucking stupid. All it is is negative douchebags finding something to bitch about.
We live in a time where every bit of information you could possibly find is at your finger tips on your cell phone. Just the smart phone alone makes our lives so incredibly easy, yet people negatively focus on the fact that kids spend too much time texting and tweeting on their phones now.
When cars first came out and became readily available for everyone to own and use, I'm sure there were assholes who didn't appreciate the fact that we now had a revolutionary way to travel and instead bitched that kids were spending too much time driving around and fucking in the backseats instead of studying and shit.
We have every luxury we could possibly want when it comes to entertainment. You can put 9,000,000 songs on your phone and listen to them whenever, wherever you want with the best quality headphones. However, a grown man will bitch because a teeny booper pop artist like Justin Beiber (who's music is geared towards the 8-16 year old female demographic) gets played a lot on the Top 40 station on FM radio. Give me a fucking break.
There's nothing wrong with anything in regards to music, film, pop culture, entertainment. It's negative fucks with loud mouths, loud enough to annoy the fuck out of everyone by bitching it.
And these fuckin' young loser kids who listen to Classic Rock Radio and complain that music sucks nowadays and that it's all over-produced and fake, etc. They'll say shit like "they made good/real music in the 80's/70's/60's. I wish I grew up then." They hear the same fuckin' few Led Zeppelin hits and same few Pink Floyd hits on the radio and assume all music was gold back then. Ask an honest middle-aged adult about shitty music back in their day. They'll tell you all about the fuckin' Monkees, the Captain & Tennilles and all the other manufactured, over-produced bullshit music that came out then. And guess what? They didn't have the luxury of having an iPod and access to any song ever recorded, they had to listen to the radio to hear music most of the time.
People look for the negatives instead of appreciating the positives.
Instead of enjoying and appreciating a new film like Wolf of Wall Street for example, people would rather focus on the fact it got snubbed at the Oscars and further bitch about how it's rigged and the typical "pop culture is shit/Hollywood is fucked" bullshit.
There's so much good shit out there and with today's technology, it's so easy to access, yet we focus on goofy shit we don't like. Nobody forces anyone to watch reality TV but the way people bitch about it, you'd think reality TV viewing was mandatory and refusal was punishable by law.
The only people who should be bitching about Keeping Up With The Kardashians is the typical demographic it's made for. Young girls and fag queens. A grown man shouldn't be bitching about it The Kardashians.
It isn't The Kardashians who are ruining our culture.
It's these fucking losers with negative attitudes who have no business caring about the Kardashians yet still care and still bitch, who are ruining everything.
Instead of bitching "Men are Pussies in 2014", how about be a fucking man yourself in 2014. You want to know where the real man is in 2014? He should be looking back at you in the fuckin' mirror.
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