Monday, July 12, 2010
If you need assistance, then it's not "Self Help"
You are probably asking yourself right now, "Who is this guy and what makes him so smart?" First of all, I'm really not that smart. I'd like to think of myself more as a survivalist than an intellectual. I simply take the time to study my surroundings, think before I act, use common sense whenever I can and am a pretty good judge of character. I've also taken a great deal of time working on living my life through "the bigger picture" rather than stewing over every problem as it arises. Who am I? A thirty-two year old career professional, happily married with two kids. An average Joe, nothing more - nothing less.
A few weeks ago I was walking through my local grocery store and saw a rack of self-help books. I stopped out of curiosity. What could possibly possess people to purchase one of these books? From the capped teeth and happy days smile of the self-help guru on the cover to the corny titles (Discovering the New You or Yes You Can, a Guide to a Better Tomorrow), they screamed "scam". Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure there are some people out there who might pick one of these books up, read it cover to cover and reach a new level of personal enlightenment, but this can't be the norm. Give me a fucking break.
This got me thinking. What is really wrong with America? Hell, the whole world at this point? My uncle recently told me in a moment of honest clarity, "Average isn't what it used to be." Amen. We have grown to expect less and less of ourselves. We expect everything to come easy or not at all. Working hard for your own success is a thing of the past. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and we've accepted it as the new paradigm. This has to stop.
Let's open our eyes to the apathy, atrocities and loss of common sense surrounding us everyday. Buckle up, let's pull back the curtain and tossing a wrench into this dying machine.
Relax. Enjoy everyday. Think.
Posted by FinallyHeSleeps