To say society frustrates me would be a sick understatement and an insult to my very being. I do not understand the needs of others to share in an ideal of harmonious mediocrity; to destroy themselves collectively. People need to understand that being different and unique are positive traits and following the crowd takes no thought. All I witness, day in and day out, is wasted potential.The anger that rises in my chest can barely be described through logical means and containing it is nearly impossible. I think people need to be ratified through following the leader and showing they are apart of the “larger picture”. They do this instead of embracing the idea of being a leader themselves and not cultivating their intelligence. Society chooses to tell people not to pursue avenues that involve enlightenment, only the paths that destroy a person’s ability to rationally think for themselves. No one seems to understand that celebrating mediocrity every weekend is self-indulgent and exhibits no temperance. Our generation has lost the ability to delay gratification and this causes a lack of motivation once vital to our survival. Our generation survives due to warning labels, advances in technology and condescension. Natural selection is no longer relevant to our way of life and people wonder why the global IQ has been steadily dropping. These problems should promote concern in the public, but people do not seem to care, they are apathetic towards anything that might change their daily lives. We live in the information age, the ability of acquiring information instantaneously is being squandered by the public; ignorance has now become a choice. The public is more concerned with the newest trends than the speeches of world leaders that have shaped the world we live in today. Society enforces the idea that anything different is dangerous and eccentric. The works of Aldous Huxley and George Orwell should not be seen as manuals for future generations; they should be used as tools to be certain the ideas contained between the covers are never utilized. The idea of being lonely in a crowd used to strike me as odd…now being apart of that same crowd has a similar effect. I have never thought of myself as being extraordinarily different from anyone, but I am slowly realizing that deep thought is becoming debunked.
"The point is, ladies and gentleman, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind." - Gordon Gekko
Some may say, enjoy the present because tomorrow is not guaranteed. I do not share this view, tomorrow is what your are working for, tomorrow is what you want to happen, tomorrow is where dreams come true. Once you reach tomorrow, that present day will truly be a “present”. I am not a religious person but, I do believe that there is a heaven and a hell. Not, in the sense that you either end up there or not but, in how you live your life. We each create our own heaven or hell in our own lives, through being ultimately good or ultimately bad. We have the power to change our lives, we have the power of choice; every day is another chance to change. We have the power to let new ideas, dreams, and people into our lives; people just make it more complicated than it has to be. People deserve to be happy. Unfortunately, humans were built to survive first and to be happy second; this is why there are those who don’t see. They have spent their lives surviving and have never been able to be happy. They need someone or something to show them what they could be. To wake them up to the fact that they are safe, that they are wanted, that they can achieve anything that they set their mind to, that they are worth it and that there are differences in this world. Once they realize this, life opens up to them, and they become what they have always dreamed about; it’s just finding that someone or something that wakes you up, to the truth. No one is the same, we are all unique in our own ways, most are just scared of showing their “true colors” for a range of reasons. Once they make the choice to do so, their life will be changed forever.