Pra completar o post anterior, uma ótima entrevista do Louis C.K. pra Vanity Fair, ilustrada por uma foto do Wackystuff
Aqui, ó > Starvation can be character building
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Another Great Depression might do us some good. It’d be like economic rehab.
That’s exactly what it is. It’s forcing us back to reality. “Wait, I only have the money I make from work? How am I supposed to live onthat?” Figure it out. We’ve spent so many years being spoiled that we don’t know how to live anymore.
Has technology spoiled us?
It’s definitely spoiled us. When you have a slightly slow signal on your PDA, or it takes more than 30 seconds to download a picture of Axl Rose on your iPhone, and that irritates you, something is very, very wrong. “This is too slow!” Well, why wouldn’t it be a little slow? Why do people think that they’re owed a perfect day as a consumer? The phones are as good as they are. But Americans feel like it’s in the Constitution that our phones should work perfectly all the fucking time and that we get the most bang for our buck. We think it’s literally a human right, like it was mentioned in Thomas Paine’s “Rights of Man” or something. An American is somebody who could be anywhere — at the ends of the earth, in the middle of nowhere — and if they hit that one pocket where their cell service isn’t great, they’ll look up at the sky and scream, “What the fuck!!” Jesus, man, calm down.
Technology was supposed to save us, giving us jetpacks and robot maids and making life easier. What went wrong?
I think people just got numb to it all. It seems like the better it gets, the more miserable people become. There’s never a technological advancement where people think, “Wow, we can finally do this!” It’s always, “We can’t do that yet? Why not?!” And I think a lot of it has to do with advertising. Americans have it constantly drilled into our heads, every fucking day, that we deserve everything to be perfect all the time.
That’s true. Most successful commercials are based on selling entitlement.
They all try to remind you of how cool you are. “You’re so cool, you park your S.U.V. on a mountainside when you climb.” What? No, I don’t do that at all. Nobody I know is doing that. “You deserve the best cause you work so hard!” Actually, no, I don’t work hard. I waste most of my time at work. Everybody does.
How do we save ourselves? Are we just fucked, or is there a way to kick our bad habits?
It’ll take care of itself. If it gets bad enough, people will just adapt. They won’t be able to afford cable anymore, or go to Rent-A-Center and buy a fucking leather couch, or fill their homes with all this shit on credit that they shouldn’t have and don’t need. They’ll have to go out to the garage and find that old bicycle they’ve neglected over the years and fill the tires up. And they’ll have to start taking care of the shit they already own instead of just throwing it away and going out and buying new shit that doesn’t work. And maybe they’ll learn how to bring a little quiet into their lives again. Just stop all the constant screaming of technology and media and video games. Maybe get to a point where every decision has more impact, where what you do is not based on what you want or think you need but whether or not you’ll starve if you don’t have it.
Starvation is not a big concern for most Americans.
It’s really not. And starvation can be character building. There’s a big difference between “I need to do this because I fucking deserve the best” and “I need to do this so I don’t freeze to death in the winter”.
A little less time on Twitter would be good for everybody.
Exactly! Twitter and Facebook and MySpace; all that stuff makes you warped. We’ve all basically given ourselves data entry jobs. I’ve actually heard people say things like, “Aw shit, I have to update my Twitter.” Really? You have to? That’s a big priority for you?
Do you have any faith whatsoever that the “crappiest generation”, as you’ve called them, is going to save us?
We’ll be O.K. Everything is cyclical. It’s amazing that people expect it to just get better and better and better and it’ll never burst. We’re babies. It’s like the New York Yankees. It’s fun to watch a team win the World Series and then watch their players get older and a new generation comes in and they’re basically starting from scratch again. But Americans aren’t willing to do that. We’re like the Yankees. We just keep buying steroid-pumped players for millions of dollars and expect to win every year. And when we start losing, we get moody and pissed off and resentful, instead of asking, “What should I be doing differently?” Nobody wants to change, because the TV keeps telling them, “No, you deserve the best! This is all yours! You’ve got it coming!”