It’s the middle of the night as I write this. I’m going off the regular path and just going to rant for this entry. I just got back home from a midnight deli run so my stomach is full and I am wide awake. Been seeing a lot of people online and in real life complain lately. Some people complain about how much their jobs suck. Some people complain about their marriages or relationships. Many people complain about politics, especially during this election year. People are just complaining about the dumbest nonsense but not doing anything to change their situations.
I know people who have so much “stuff” in their houses they accumulated over the years they can barely move or find anything. They acknowledge they need to get rid of some things. But they never do. People complain about how dumb their coworkers are, how unreasonable their customers are, and how corporate policies hinder productivity and suck the life out of them. But do they ever consider quitting their lousy job and starting their own business? Of course not. People complain about their significant others but do they ever consider fixing the relationship or opting out of relationships at least temporarily. No, not at all. Some people are even longing for the “good old days” of yesteryear.
For those who long for the past, what parts of the past are to be yearned for? Do you want to bring back Jim Crow laws and children working in mines and factories to go along with gas costing only ten cents a gallon and most people spending Sundays in church? Do you think modern medicine is a mess when people die from cancer or heart disease in their sixties or seventies while ignoring that many people died from infectious diseases at much younger ages just a few generations ago? Most marriages did last for a lifetime in the old days, but most lifetimes didn’t last that long to begin with. They never had the time to grow apart and get divorced. Many families were mixed in the old days, not from divorce, but from parents dying at young ages. One of my favorites is modern medications make people sick and are ineffective. People are living longer than ever in spite higher rates of obesity, largely because of medical advances. Good old days my foot! The good old days sucked, especially if you were a woman, racial minority, religious minority, or a child.
As a mentally ill man who has spent many years observing nuerotypical people and the things they do much like a zoologist studying a pack of apes, I’ve come to the conclusion that normal people often act in incredibly stupid ways. What’s even more amazing is that some of these people know these are stupid actions yet keep on doing them anyway. You hate your job, then quit and try something different. You can’t stand your significant other, drop them and maybe be single for a while. There’s no law saying you can’t be single. We’re not taxing bachelors or throwing them in jail.
As far as politics go, if you think your politicians are morons and sell outs to big money interests, then vote for third party unknowns who aren’t taking money from lobbyists. Or better yet, realize that a politician isn’t going to do anything to enrich your life. They are just along for the ride. Slavery and serfdom would have never gotten abolished if there wasn’t first grass roots sentiments that thought these needed to go. Same goes for civil rights. They don’t act unless there is sentiment among the citizens that change is needed. All politicians can do are pass laws and spend tax money. Even Hitler and Stalin would have never gotten away with what they did if there weren’t those kinds of sentiments among the populace of their countries to begin with.
Simply put, politicians can’t engineer better computers or design structures that won’t fall apart in earthquakes. Politicians can’t bring clean drinking water to rural Africa or even inner city America. Politicians can’t build better infrastructure. If things are to improve, it’s going to be scientists and engineers who develop better and cheaper ways of doing things. I would love to live in a world where scientists, engineers, architects, doctors, teachers, etc. are better known than politicians and athletes. Uber just started putting out self driving taxis this week. The Gaia satellite has identified one billion more stars in our galaxy. We recently found a possible Earth like planet just a few light years away. Virtual Reality tech is set to take off big any time now. Yet all that anyone wants to talk about are athletes who won’t stand up for ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ or whatever unfulfillable campaign promises a politician made when speaking at a union hall this week. Seriously, normal people priorities suck. I am glad I am not normal. After studying normal people for most of my life, I see that they are obsessed with the stupid and mundane and they are really out of touch with what is really going on in the world around them. I never want to be normal.