Monday, January 30, 2012

The Saint John's Mentality

It seems the people I went to grade school with continue to hold their prejudices against me. Ten years ago, I transferred to a new grade school called Saint John of the Cross. Right off the bat, my peers were noticeably more snobby than my former, [seemingly] lower-income classmates of the year before. I had never experienced such an uphill battle with meeting friends before. The girls were stuck up, the boys had already formed their impenetrable groups, and there was no way of reconciling either without completely conforming. I was reluctant to do so.

Yet I believe to this day, even if I had attempted to alter my interests to theirs, I never would have received full acceptance. Partly because of my name (it was not Irish, and nor was I), where I lived (which was not in the tiny, encapsulated village of ignorance known as Western Springs), I did not have any older siblings, and I was shy and unfunny. So unsurprisingly, my experience was rocky. Although this flies in the face of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X's pursuits of yesteryear, ethnic discrimination is alive and not well publicized.

I may have never been approached with open arms because I transferred in, and the same goes for my high school experience.

My point then is, incredibly people that attended Saint John of the Cross with me behave just as stiffly as they did over ten years ago. Back then, they would never invite me to their houses, now they never spark up conversation that is more than slightly meaningful in any real way, or invited me to any parties. They are the same, overly privileged suburbanite elite that will ever let more than a few into their highly exclusive social circles.

I'm about to say "screw you" to any reunion with Saint John of the Cross.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

What the World is Becoming: According to the Internet

The world is in total disarray. People don't believe in anything anymore. People are growing up skeptics, unhappy hedons who want nothing else but a lower drinking age, to have sex with whomever they may please, legalized drugs, to be removed from any sort of religious or cultural obligations and to access all media free. This emphasis on pleasure will yield unambitious individuals in society and result in a loss of ethical values. Technology will progress in accordance with the law of diminishing returns, and eventually plateau for this betrayal of goal-seeking behaviors.

The only arbiters productivity and advancement of society are those who disdain from said shallow activities. As society gives the norms of yesteryear a greater metaphorical middle finger as time goes on, and deliberately rebels, more are encouraged to join the revolution. And this is for worse. Little do people realize is that when they pursue unethical behaviors, the will go along a downward spiral of mediocrity, never advancing. Aldous Huxley predicted correctly in his novel, Brave New World, only in ours, soma can be equated to drugs, sex, alcohol, and a lack of order. It appears only the destruction of all establishment will satisfy the constantly complaint-laden cesspool of individuals who make up modern society.

Today, people don't live in the moment, they don't live to find love, or live a virtuous life. Rather, they live solely to experience pleasure.