And all the Rookies sit down
In my abnormal psychology class just now, we had a pretty good discussion. My teacher, Dr. Holmes, is the original baller, because he thinks he’s funny, and he listens when he is not.
We were discussing anxiety disorders. A good handful of students raised their hands and talked about their personal experiences with these disorders, and it was funny, because the attitude in the room was constantly evolving between the truth and mutual understandings of what these people experienced (that I also experienced, and which we were able to deduce from merely understanding in the first place), and a bunch of rabble nonsense banter by a gaggle of frat boys who need to be taught their place. You think you’re such a man? Shut the hell up and listen to the people that might know what they’re talking about. The nerve.
But yeah, sass apparently takes on a meaning once it has an outlet, and once there is a need. Funny how those two things are necessary for any kind of good. It has to have a purpose. There must be some value, or function. I can call all of you idiots all day long, but if it’s all talk and no game, I may as well just sport. I could do plenty of things. Whether or not I will (or if it makes most sense) is another question entirely.
Given the way that society has begun to become revolutionized by people who just did what they wanted and didn’t care about judgment, it is kind of fascinating to see people still clinging to tired ideals that were nearly demolished in the recession. Can you do the work? Should you? Will you? That is the question. If you are necessary, there is some security in that. You cannot afford to simply take it easy.
Which is funny, because most of the people who were strongly affected by the recession, in either themselves, or their families, have begun to get mostly pissed about the state of current affairs in how money is handled both here and abroad. The “I can do this better” feeling is pretty real right now. Part of that is because many of the tried and true governmental systems that the United States was founded on have been overcome by rookies who have very few people of substance to guide them, and have gotten pretty quickly embroiled in one another’s pissing contests. The Great Depression may have been helpful for a lot of our grandparents or great grandparents, but at this point, taking things for granted mostly seems like the fodder of idiots.
Given that the United States is a small-historied country, it is clear to much anybody who is really paying attention that the rest of the world functions a little different than we do. We can learn from them, if we don’t decide to be complete jerks. Oh the irony.
Really, if you want social innovation, learn from the people and places who do it best, and give them the money to partner with you in making that happen. Let them decide most of the terms. See what happens.
Honestly, if it is a good idea, you should not have to pay for it. If it is meant to help, it should not be a bad thing. But there are so many people and places that have such little means to survive, that stealing one another’s ideas and calling it good isn’t just oppression, it leads to war. If you want to survive and thrive, you help others. You invest in the places and people who do it right, and you humble yourself to do so. You are kind. You respect cultural values. You provide the means for all to succeed. As bad as it may be, the Roman empire only succeeded because they allowed the people they conquered to live moderately well, and then ruined things. I know it isn’t right to treat people poorly. But at the same time, I’m not sure how to help all the time, and I’d rather learn from other people around the world, instead of the idiots that have run the global economy into the ground.
I know it isn’t that simple, but in terms of large, that is the general sentiment right now. I know that putting that on the internet is rather dangerous, in a lot of people’s opinions, but what the hell ever. Intelligence is good on its own. Following Jesus is the rest, in my experience. The things that Jesus said were pretty great things. Generally speaking, most people of faith who actually study Jesus (who I have talked to) think that he is a pretty nice guy, at least in concept. Even if you don’t believe he lived, he says some pretty great things.
But the rest of what he says is less pleasant, because it goes against human perceptions of authority. It is mostly bankrupt, in terms of what people think is valuable.
You have to change the world as you know how, because it is your world to change, if you are living your life actively. Be better and do better things than you think is today’s acceptable. The whole history of creation is in your hands, in the way you speak, in the way you act, in the way you describe, in the things you know. You have this gift. Make the best of it.