Brent Weeks (via victoriousvocabulary)
Jeremy Glass, We Can’t Get Lost Anymore
i’m so sick of seeing people trash this generation for no other reason than that things aren’t the way they used to be. there’s this constant vitriolic stream of people snarling that selfies, check-ins and blogs are the death of culture, and i am bored of it.
the human desire to record and document experience is hardly new. without that urge we wouldn’t have art, music, dance, theatre. the world of electronics evolving around that to give us an even broader scope of options to preserve our unique view of the world and share it with others is a beautiful thing. despite a legion of cynical naysayers constantly shouting otherwise, i’ve not actually become immune to earth’s beauty or my own experiences in it. stop being terrified of change and development and calling it profound.
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Additionally, I’m not losing my sense of adventure every time I Google something, I’m feeding my thrist for knowledge. I have easy access to the most information that humanity has ever amassed, and you want me to not use that? Because let’s be real, my ancestors who had a “sense of adventure” were actually far more restricted in their travel. I can travel more widely and more cheaply than any point in human history, and you’re trying to imply that my “sense of adventure” has died because of the very technology that has made that possible?
Actually, how about this: my “sense of adventure” is tempered by the responsibilities and anxieties I carry far more than Google or check-ins or hashtags. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by the money I have (or rather don’t have) in my bank account. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by what society has taught me about traveling alone at night. My “sense of adventure” is tempered by the fact that a girl from my high school went on an adventure and ended up murdered, and whose family is still seeking justice because of the negligence of the local police department. My “sense of adventure” is the same as my ancestors’ “sense of adventure,” and it not this nostalgic retelling of history.
And how many of these naysayers have actually taken a trip like Steinbeck or William Least Heat-Moon? How many of them have jumped off a bridge? How many of them feel free to benefit from iPhones and Google and cell service and Instagram, but then criticize younger generations for taking full advantage of the world around them?
We can’t jump off bridges anymore because it’s against laws passed by older generations. We can’t take skinny dips in the ocean because it’s against laws passed by older generations, and adventures aren’t a reality for us because they often cost more money than we have. Technology has made travel more cheap and widespread than ever, and we helped destroy it when we weighed an entire generation down with the responsibilities of another.
#also you can’t say it’s not amazing that i can feed my curiosity INSTANTLY and LEARN THINGS#i know a whole bunch about the lumber industry bc my best friend was like ‘i wonder how long it takes for those trees to grow’ as we drove past a timber forest#so i like#just looked it up#and we read about lumber for 10 minutes#like#ARE YOU TELLING ME THAT’S NOT AWESOME?????#THAT’S SO AWESOME
(tags from pepperonistark)
when people complain this way it reminds me of when i was a kid and during the summer my mom would complain because we stayed inside during the day and watched tv (southern summers y’all) vs when she was a kid they stayed outside and played.
and i was like, INSIDE IS WHERE THE AIR CONDITIONING IS and she said they didn’t have air conditioning back then.
and i finally said, “WELL IF YOU DID, WOULD YOU HAVE STILL SAT YOUR ASS OUTSIDE?”
and she paused for a minute and was like, “oh hell no”
"The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists in the circulation of their blood."
- Logan Pearsall Smith
Hell, parents don’t let their kids play outside anymore. Do kids go on unsupervised bike rides these days? Or walk downtown together to the ice cream stand?
No, parents are so fucking afraid of other adults that when a kid wants to explore, parents are like “hell naw, I’ll drive you to whatever organized pre-approved supersupervised activity is going on.”
And then irony of ironies when the football coach or priest turns out to be a child molester. If you’d just let your kids ride their bikes around the neighborhood or get lost in the woods for a couple hours, they’re statistically much safer from predators. Because predators hang out where kids are. And kids aren’t outside anymore.
As to the original point, something I always think about when people romanticize the past is a passage in The Daily Show’s America: The Book (which I shall now mangle in paraphrase): Before you start treating the Founding Fathers like wise old sages who could foresee the needs of a nation for centuries into the future, remember that they all shat in buckets.
Remember, most people of the past who will be romanticized to you shat in buckets, then threw that shit into the street and wondered why everyone had cholera and dysentery all the time.