Even though every generation has its flaws, I think I must point out one significant flaw in my own.
This may stem from technology that can do multiple things at once invading our everyday lives. This may stem from the ever-increasing demand for multitasking. This may stem from the lack of time we have to delve into things and not just skim and scan and glean meaning off the surface.
I don’t know.
But one thing is for sure: I don’t like it.
There is a large population of people (very, very large) that frustrate themselves and others with their constant complaining about EVERYTHING. From homework to books to movies to vegetables – nothing is ever good enough. You know why? Because it’s not doing what they want it to do.
Newsflash, people of Earth: most of the time, that isn’t what it’s meant to do!
Take movies, for instance. With the extreme crowds of people fawning all over the Hunger Games movie, I frustrate myself with the discussions and squealing excitement for the movie. “The book is always better than the movie.” I used to agree with this phrase. But then I thought: wait a minute. The book is always better because I love books. I like book-y experiences. The movie virtually can’t be the SAME as the book because, well, it’s NOT a book!
So now my philosophy is: It’s either a good book or a bad book AND it’s either a good movie or a bad movie. If it isn’t true to the book, then so be it. How the heck are we supposed to create a first person, present tense, thought-filled movie? It’s not possible without two straight hours of narration and voice-overs. Lame.
I hope when all you crazy Hunger Gamers go out to see the movie, you see it for it’s movie-ness, and not just to get mad at how terrible they casted the film. Because no one will look like Peeta to everyone. If you want it to be like the book so bad, go read the book again.
Next example, we can examine the age-old veggie-hating phenomenon. If all you think about is how much they don’t taste like the other foods you like (aka sweets) then you’re not getting the full effect and you’re probably not eating them either. Vegetables aren’t supposed to be chocolate cake or a hamburger with fries. Vegetables aren’t supposed to be juicy like fruit. Vegetables are supposed to be earthy. If you’re expecting ice cream when biting into broccoli, you’re missing out.
Finally, we can examine books. I love books. And every book has its purpose. I ultimately learned this lesson I am writing about while reading Catcher in the Rye. I had heard many a negative thing about Catcher but upon reading a few pages, I was hooked (more on that in a different post). As with most books required for English, it was difficult to find the theme and whatnot, and filled with crazy details that I never noticed. The way it was written really threw most kids off though. I think that’s why most kids disliked it – Holden really just rambles about the past year of his life. There isn’t really a plot. And that ticked some kids off. I wanted to just cut all the kids off and say, “Hey, hey, hey, settle down there. Don’t go hating on Holden just because you want an adventure or juicy romance or fantasy. JD Salinger isn’t going to change his initial idea of Holden to a sci-fi just because that’s what suits you all best. At least hate it for a good reason.” Catcher isn’t supposed to be anything besides a depressed kid’s view on the world. It was written that way for a reason. Stop expecting a high-intensity plot or something. It’s not going to happen. Because that’s the way it is.
I could go on forever here: classical music isn’t stupid, you’re just used to dance-y pop songs; the history channel isn’t stupid, it’s supposed to be educational, not for pop culture purposes; exercise isn’t stupid, it’s supposed to push you; big words aren’t dumb, you just don’t know them yet; and teachers: busy-work does not count as teaching – it’s busy-work, we haven’t accomplished anything.
Acceptance is the key here. Building up walls in dislike of something limits your world to whatever you have enclosed within those walls. If your brain-kingdom only consists of fast food and horror novels, your world is very small. There’s nothing wrong with that if you are okay with it; but once you start complaining of boredom, it’s your fault.