Remember that post about me saying I’m basically an auspistice for all my friends? I wasn’t kidding. A lot of people, especially within the last two months, have basically come to me about depression and the like. I’m not that much different, to be honest. But, seeing as how I’ve answered this question repeatedly, I thought it was time that I just put it on here as an essay for everyone to read.
Everyone’s a bit crazy right now, and for a lot of reasons. The big one, lately, seems to be a huge thing about or lives and how we see ourselves. In my experience, one of the biggest things people seem to worry about is knowing that they matter to other people, to the world, knowing that they’re still relevant to the people and events going on around them. A lot of the culture, especially in the United States for some reason, seems to deal with simply belonging. People want an in-crowd kinda thing, but at the same time they wanna be different, some kind of exclusivity, being unique so to say.
It gets even worse when you consider the ground laid before us by the previous generations, like Generation X and the Baby Boomers. A lot of this generation has basically been told that it’ll be worth nothing unless they go to college and get a Master’s degree or whatever, and an amazing job to go with it. “My child isn’t gonna work at a fast food joint,” or, “you’re too good to be a janitor.” Never mind the fact that these are jobs that are necessary to our way of life. There’s nothing wrong with working fast food, or being a custodian, or doing some kind of menial work. Someone has to work those jobs, right?
Perhaps even worse than that, we reinforce it. People won’t even look to hire certain people because of stupidly small things like race, gender, sexuality, education level or whatever, all small details that don’t always factor into the line of work being done. In the end, it should just be about how well someone can do the job. We’ve basically been engineered since the beginning for failure; this entire generation has been set up like that. We’ve been told we were promised the very best, but all that’s left is the bottom of the barrel, and we’ve been trained not to want anything less than perfect.
The world’s a terrible place, isn’t it? But at least now you know how bad it is. Don’t expect anything of the world, focus only on yourself, on your climb out of the pit that it dug for you because it’s not going to give you a ladder, or rope, or anything else to help you. Depressing, isn’t it? But, now you’re aware of it. When you know more about a situation, you can figure out how to get out of it.
I have to do what I can to help this generation get better. I refuse to give up on humanity just because we’re at a disadvantage. If you have any questions that no one wants to give you answers to, send them my way. I’m here to support you as best I can.
Everyone should take a couple of minutes of their time to read this.