Satisfaction. Seems like no one can get any, right?
Being satisfied is not a feeling fostered much in America. Everything about this country fosters the desire of gluttony. This country consumes 20% of its available resources in a given year and is only 5% of the population. We are inundated with visuals of glitz and glamour. The rich are celebrated simply for being rich. So much of someone's worth is predicated on how much stuff they have. Two shirts made by the same people in the same country can have a $500 price difference simply because of exclusivity.
Many will blame social media and reality tv for this "new" trend but it's simply not the case. Excess isn't a trend and it isn't new in American. It was mixed into the concrete poured to create the foundation of this country. There was a time when only rich white men could vote. American slavery was created because a desire for excess. In the 1800s Vanderbilts, Carnegies, and Rockefellers were more powerful than presidents and world leaders, excess flourished. Through the roaring 20s and the economic boom of the 1950s gluttony was also thriving. My point is gluttony is the American way, because if we don't do it someone else will.
It's easy for the little guy to get caught up too. I was certainly one of those people. Sad to admit but i was someone who defined myself by the items. What car I drove, my job title, the side of town I lived in, what clothes i could afford. All bullshxt I took on because that’s what society told me to value. How do you deprogram from such things? How do you truly disengage? Does it matter if you do? To be honest I can't answer the last question beyond my own experience but i'll try.
First off society hasn't earned the privilege of determining what you value. That should be up to you. For me stuff is just that. Much of it beyond its universal function has to be giving value by you. Society will tell you what it's worth and that's useful if you're buying to sell, but otherwise you're just giving some YOUR value or something someone else told you to give it. This is imo just group think. Everyone is a group thinker on some level. There is nothing wrong with it if you can keep a healthy dose of independent thought.
My dissatisfaction with life stemmed from group think. I wasn't happy because excess told me i didn't have enough. I didn’t realize I had enough until I unplugged on my own. When I asked myself ‘Why do these things matter to me?’
Satisfaction should be something you define based on your goals, based on your viewpoint. Don’t let society tell you how to think because (at least for me) its going to leave you disappointed.
- Rob Immortal
Rob Immortal prides himself on being the 6'4" Black, Loc'd, and Bearded version of one Daria Morgendoffer. The last male heir of a family of Misanthropic Bamas, he enjoys Oreos, exotic dancers, fine leather goods, and anything related to black empowerment. Entering the first stage of his evolution into a millennial curmudgeon, he writes on observations as a black married man.