This (admitted) rant is in response to those people whose rallying cry is “stop complaining about your problems and enjoy life.”
First of all, my problems are trivial.
In all likelihood, yours are too. Duh
. Barring disease
and car crashes
, there are no serious threats to health or happiness endemic to the North American middle class
This is, of course, a Good Thing.
Or so they
say. We live our lives largely without pain
. This is aGood Thing
. Or so they
say. For almost one hundred thousand years, we’ve worked pretty much the same, biologically
speaking. For almost all that time, we’ve felt pain
. Now, for the first time, that which we've always sought to avoid has been, indeed, avoided. The bullet has been dodged
, some might say. But really, all we've done is made ourselves unaware
of its impact
Pain provokes reaction to negative stimuli. Without pain, we do not react. But we've been trained to take things apathetically. The methods have been developed, with the best of intentions, to remove the effects of our problems, without removing their causes.
All that we have done is that ensure that the vast majority of people will never be in enough pain to try and better their situation. Change is hard, and we have removed most of the motivation.
So I regret that I haven’t been fucked over
harder then I have been. And it’s not like I can ask for pain
. But I see myself, subconsciously, trying to screw myself up
in little ways. One day maybe I’ll choke
, and then things can only get better. And if they don’t, well, hey, that’s fine too