People suck, don’t they? They have always sucked, and will proceed to suck ad infinitum. It’s just part of human nature, isn’t it? Humans wouldn’t be human if they didn’t suck. Sucking, in any way, shape, or form, is just as integral to the history of humanity as generally not sucking.
There’s a lot of this sentiment going around, and I’d like to delve into why this is. See, optimism is nice. Being fond of people and being able to overlook their glaring flaws are both wonderful things to do. They lay the road to success, even. Successful people work well with each other. They like each other. They do things for each other. So why are we so pessimistic? Why aren’t we firm practitioners of that other thing, which gets us places? Why, instead, are we devout followers of the “people suck” philosophy?
I like to believe it boils down to what is and isn’t fashionable. We’ve hit that point in our culture where the counterculture is the mainstream culture. Contrarianism, in its full and vibrant beauty, has become more popular than the thing it’s supposedly contrary to. Therefore, we hate everybody because it’s fashionable. We’re urged by the mainstream, which is trying its hardest to be a counterculture, to hate the world.
This might not be entirely our fault, though. The media also plays an important part in our hatred of everything. We’re inherently negative, and the media panders to that. Our feeds are filled with stories of disaster and destruction in order to pander to our gloomy outlooks. Therefore, because our thick layer of world-loathing is constantly reapplied, the negativist culture is perpetuated. It’s like adding wood to a very depressing fire.
My challenge to you? Find someone to be happy about. Don’t have everybody. Hate everybody BUT somebody. Take the love you’re capable of, and divert it someplace other than your love of hate.
If you’re looking for someone to divert it toward, I’m always available.
Pledge your allegiance to my glorious revolution.