Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:22 PM
We have access to far more material stuff today, and arguably way more options as well. Whether its television channels or porn, or music, or movies, or what kind of food we want for dinner, or entertainment options - obviously we have the Internet. I think the problem with modern society is we're so used to having all this immediate gratification at our fingertips and being able to upgrade our smartphones every year for more features we probably mostly won't use at all. So we get picky and feel entitled and get annoyed when the GPS stops working properly.
We live longer, we shake off illnesses and survive cripling injuries that would have killed us before. We probably have a little more free time and vacation than our grandparents did. In short, we have it better now.
But I don't know that we are overall happier or more satisfied. I don't know whether watching TV in 2012 is any more exciting or satisfying than it was in 1952 - back then at least it was somewhat novel. Perhaps we used to be more content or maybe we usedto think that being content was a good place to be rather than a sort of unambitious thing to be avoided. We get divorced more now - is that because our marriages are less rewarding, or because we used to put up with more bad stuff? And if they are less rewarding now is that because they are really worse than they used to be, or do we just have unrealistic expectations based on this immediate gratification society we live in?
I do think 2012 is a better time to be different. Whether that means you are an ethnic minority, or you are gay, or you are a a diehard baseball card collector. If anything, we're at a point where individuality is more prized, and conformity is seen as less of a virtue. I'm grateful for that.
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