A couple of thoughts / observations-
“We” have become “Microwave People”. We expect things almost instantaneously, and even worse, we are willing to accept the results of that same haste. After about 20 seconds of microwaving a hotdog we will start hollering at that same inanimate microwave oven, “C’mon, hurry it up-I ain’t got all day you know”. Then we gulp down that same barely warmed nuke dog in seconds. Instead of building a fire, cutting a stick and cooking a dog over a fire and then enjoying the wait, knowing it will be worth it when we get to savor that same fire-roasted dog we just spent some effort to acquire. We are willing to run into a convenience store and grab 3 for a dollar hotdogs, some chips and a Coke in a paper throwaway cup, just so we can get back in our vehicle and gulp it down while driving mindlessly among a group of folks, that are just in our way, in their vehicles, instead of enjoying a plate of pot roast, with some horseradish on the side, and a glass (made out of glass) of your favorite beverage while sitting quietly at a table enjoying a few minutes of conversation with people we care about. We are willing to settle for mediocre because of quicker gratification-in almost everything we do. Being gratified and being fulfilled are NOT the same thing. We attempt to assuage the lonely, neglected inner being with "things".
Most folks demand their wants fulfilled NOW, by someone, without any personal responsibility or culpability in the results. An example-it used to be in the building trades that you went out and worked all day and then dealt with the phone calls and questions at the end of the day-when you got back to where there even was a phone- by then many of the questions had kind of taken care of themselves or someone had actually made a personal decision and dealt with the whatever. Now everyone is paralyzed to act without involving someone else and making them tell you what to do-get on the cell and start making calls. What used to just get handled now involves 8 phone calls with all the attendant time and heartburn. Hardly anyone wants to be responsibile or to be invested in the results. We are willing to take credit, but want no part of any ramifications. These elements contribute to the adversarial nature of too many of our interactions. Reminds me of the stories of drowned seammen. Their shoulders had boot prints on the tops-the results of someone trying to save themselves by standing on the shoulders of another..........driving them deeper into oblivion.
I have heard “it” (the increasing complex and complicated that we now accept) phrased-“We are caught up in the thick of thin things”.
"faster, Faster, FASTER until the Thrill of SPEED overcomes the FEAR of DEATH!"