I really lose patience with white upper-class libs sometimes. Their constant whining about how much they hate their country and how oppressed they are is so unattractive because, whether it’s conscious or not, it comes across as pure ingratitude.
So many of our problems are caused by an abundance of choice. Where should I live? Where should I go to college? Who should I date? Who should I marry? Which dog do I adopt? Which job do I take? What kind of school should I send my children to? What should I buy my mother for Christmas? Which car should I buy? Which house should I buy? Which phone should I buy? Which movie should I spend my evening watching? What color should I paint my kitchen? Which fun, trendy restaurant should we eat at this Friday? Where should we go on vacation this summer?
So many of our day-to-day problems are actually caused by having things that even the most privileged people living hundreds of years ago could only dream of, and that millions today still don’t have.
Oh, no, my faucet that delivers safe, clean water to me whenever I want it is leaking!
Oh, no, my device that allows me access to knowledge and speed of communication that would have been unheard of a couple of decades ago isn’t working fast enough!
Oh, no, the subway is going too slow!
Oh, no, my favorite coffee shop out of the hundreds in my geographic area isn’t serving the pastry I want today! And in this day and age, we’re such spoiled brats that we hardly ever think about how lucky we are to just be living in the 21st century, where we’re even in a position to say we have these problems and dilemmas to begin with.
I realize that we’re not wired to contextualize things to that degree and deep down, as much as we like to consider ourselves highly evolved and enlightened, we are still the centers of our own little universes and we’re still subject to whims and impulses but if we just tried a little harder for a little perspective it would bring us a great deal more happiness.
One of the things that bothers me the most about our modern politics is how antithetical it all is to the project of human happiness. If we found the Good Life, we wouldn’t even be able to enjoy it because we’re constantly being distracted by something new to be outraged about and something new to complain about and there’s always some new object of hatred, that’s the most poisonous thing, we are constantly being driven to hate, and hate, no matter how good it might feel in the moment, is very, very antithetical to inner peace and happiness.
^ I wrote the above a couple of months ago, put it in drafts, and forgot about it. But as I delved into the fantastic work that James Lindsay, an American hero, is doing to expose the dangerous Marxist roots of much of the cultural changes we’ve been witnessing over the past few decades, I learned that part of the neo-Marxist program is to produce exactly this effect. They want to induce resentment and dissatisfaction in the masses, so that they stop being comfortable with their relatively safe, relatively easy lives and become fodder for the Revolution.
They make young women think that they’re still in ever-present danger of living under an oppressive patriarchy. They make black people think that they’re still in ever-present danger of violence from white supremacists. They make gay people think that they’re in ever-present danger of being taken back to the 1950′s. They make atheists think they’re in ever-present danger of living under a regressive theocracy. They tell everybody that they’re in ever-present danger of living under fascism and that their society is forcing them to live a repressed, inauthentic life.
Meanwhile, funny enough, people are more likely to be oppressed, in constant threat of harm by the state, and forced to refrain from expressing their true selves under a leftist dictatorship!
That’s one of the reasons the left is so abominably evil. Their whole project is creating human unhappiness to justify their pursuit of some pipe-dream utopia. When people say that just living a peaceful, quiet life is an act of resistance right now, it’s true. So do that.
From silver and silent by Shadow. Late 20’s. New York. Conservative. Christian. Cat mom. In addition to politics (consider yourself warned), you’ll find random things like pictures of food, hawks, and bookshelves, gifsets from the latest movies I’ve watched, etc.