Tuesday, May 5, 2009

America: Stop Freaking Out About Stupid Shit

Hold on a second while I dust off the soap box here for a moment. Take the last bar of soap out... okay. Here we go.

Clearing throat.

What the hell is wrong with us?

We live in the country that beat the British, built the richest, most powerful and technologically advanced country ever known out of a couple of backwater port towns and farms, provided safe haven and gainful employment for immigrants from around the world, defeated the Nazis, went to the moon and created the iPod.

So how the hell did we become a bunch of quivering idiots that freak out and clear the grocery stores of bottled water and purel every time there's a new "crisis."

And by "crisis" I mean a slightly worse flu than the normal flu that people deal with every freaking year.

Swine Flu? Are you people kidding me?!

When did that change in our national character happen? When did we go from handling crisis with strength, resolve and dignity to putting our shoes on a conveyer belt next to our toothpaste every time we want to go anywhere? When did we go from fearing no country and no enemy to fearing the ever present "terrorist" lurking in some unspecified shadows? When did we go from taking pride in making shit on our own with our own hands to wanting everything done for us? When did go from valuing what we earn to spending what we don't have on things that we don't really need?

I mean, does anyone else feel cheated by this? We're supposed to be a great people, with a reputation for valuing freedom and liberty known throughout the world. Now look at us. Our global popularity rises simply because we're not currently bombing anything.

I don't know where this slide started or who is to blame for it. I don't care. I just want people to stop it. We are becoming ridiculous.

Okay. End rant.


Anonymous said...

Wow, well put man. I really like your perspective.


Crump said...

It's all about fear. It's the same reason I didn't just walk out of work after they told me I was getting laid off. We have had things to easy for to long and lost sight of what is truly important. How many people out there are terrified to lose their cell phone - an item essentially the majority of the world lived without about 10 to 15 years ago. I mostly blame the American Dream - which has morphed into "I want to be rich". People are so afraid to lose what they have they hardly remember what they need. It's all fear based. Fear controls everything. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go watch "V for Vendetta"