It’s hard to be a positive patty all the time in a world full of salty ass pringle chips. Like this for example, society is continuously craving attention. We are engulfed in the need to be seen, to leave a mark, to not end up alone. People starving for some sort of recognition, yet most aren’t willing to give any genuine attention to anyone else. We are so far up our own asses, encompassed within the colon lining we call our “life”, that we can’t see what repulsive company we’ve turned into. Who wants to hang out with selfish, single-minded, unsympathetic people? Does it sound like I’m venting? Because I am.
With the commencement of social media came the end of our ‘attention span’. People tend to not put the time or effort into things anymore. Or maybe it’s just now it’s directed elsewhere? That elsewhere could be more important to them:
‘Fuck manners. Fuck the ‘Golden Rule’ Why the need to treat one another with human decency nowadays, when there are views to be got? Politeness brings no views, bro.’
We see it in customer service (or lack of). We may see it in our places of employment in regard to employee/employer interactions as well as within co-workers themselves. We may experience it with family and friends. At some point we have all felt or have witnessed the lack of attention or listening to, and not only is it disappointing, but it’s becoming more and more frequent.
Maybe I’m being too harsh blaming it soley on social media. This issue started to manifest once the internet began. What was developed to help expand our world, in the same token, shaped it into something vastly smaller. Over time, the internet has been able to imbed tiny wedges of social separation throughout society, allowing us to hyper focus on the things that makes us feel more comfortable, whether it be real or not.
But shit, why stop there then? Technology, the devil! It’s been the freer of time. Now with more time, we can do more! Not only can we do more, and do more for longer, but we can do multiple things at once, for a longer period of time. A trap is what it has become, because now you’re always expected to do more. Where we once as humans would ask for more time, and we created that ‘more time’, now have chained ourselves to that illusion. Regardless of that, which is a topic all of its own, I don’t have ‘time’ for the rudeness, the lack of genuinity or human decency, be it an illusion or not. Time that is. If we are going to give ‘time’ energy, then I’m going to put the energy and time towards those that are capable of listening, of showing actual support, who are genuinely good-hearted people no matter their shell.
Today this positive patty is a grumpy ol’ ham. Today was a day that reminded me that sometimes you are going to find yourself closer to the stranger beside you at the cash register, than you do with anyone else who knows you, and all because they actually did something as simple as listen.