I’m really tired of the “everything sucks” mentality of our culture right now. People’s taste and appreciation for anything outside of their little niche is narrowing. This is the downside to the “playlist society”. The ability to pick and choose has ultimately crippled people’s ability to grow as music lovers, movie buffs, readers, art appreciators,gamers, diners, shoppers, writers, bloggers, listeners…
Think about it:
It is now possible to visit 27 different restaurants and get breaded chicken strips and fries at each and every one of them.
It is possible to live your entire life without having to experience a new musical genre if you don’t want to.
It is possible to go through your entire adulthood and never be challenged emotionally by a great film.
It is possible to never again read a book once you leave high school.
It is possible to live in Kokomo your entire life and never see a play, never see a symphony, never hear an opera, never even see a print of a Van Gogh, Picasso, or Monét, never visit a jazz or blues club, never experience any other cultures but your own.
I have heard people say:
“All country music sucks.”
“I hate jazz.”
“I only listen to _____ music (or band).”
“I don’t like _____ movies, they’re too _____.”
“___________ (type of art form) is gay.”
“Reading is for geeks and nerds.”
“I hate _________ (type of food).”
This way of thinking, my friends is why your life “sucks”. It is why you see the world through a lens of “suckiness.” Humans are happiest when we experience new things, when we grow beyond our current capacities, when we feel something new, when we hear something new, when we see something for the first time, when we agree with someone or disagree with someone because we’ve engaged the debate instead of sitting on the sidelines. We come alive when we take risks, when we are daring, when we are entrepreneurial.
But sadly, living life that way is out of style now. We are cubicle-inhabitors. We are slaves to our own playlists. We are whiny. We are spoiled. We are shallow. Everything that is outside our existing frame of reference, “sucks.”
God help us.