Complaining about the world, then and now.

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Timbresmith1

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Folks, back in my younger days, I use to complain about the world to the older generations.

I was young n stupid, no responsibilities, no job. Skateboard welding, marlboro light in my mouth, booze and smoke in my pocket, heavy metal devil music blasting in my ears, hell, I thought I had the whole world figured out.

I grew up chatting it up with the older generations, they taught me how to play the blues, I taught them how to play spanish guitar. And we would chat it up.
I was always complaining about the world, and the elders would always tell me everything was fine n dandy.

One of the elders came down with a sunburned face, looking like a lobster.

He said, “I got this sunburn in, at least a $7 million dollar house, it was a stunning estate. The neighbors are jealous, they say it’s the same beach on Malibu. It ain’t, it ain’t the same beach. The stock market is great. I just drank a rob roy at the Hamptons, played a little golf.”
Now I’m a grown ass man, and I no longer complain about the world anymore.

I’m finding it odd now, that now the older generations are starting to complain about the world.
Well let me tell y’all something, I think the world is just fine. The sun still rises, the birds still chirp, and my buddy just got back from malibu. He rolled down the window in his Tesla, blew a puff of smoke from his cigar, and said “Life, in the big city.”

The world is just fine. Remember?
Young n stupid, no responsibilities is where it’s at.
Cigar smoke is the worst.
 

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Highwaycat is only halfway up the hill. At that view point only mystery lies ahead.
 

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My buddies went to a casino once, and went outside for a smoke. Low and behold, we saw the casino riverboat captain hobbling into his rolls Royce.
I ran up to him grabbing him by his sleeve and yelled “You deserve this! You earned it!” They had to drag me away as I just kept screaming.
Then we all asked ourselves where do we wanna go from here. One guy said hey let’s go see the live taping of the jimmy falon show. We said naw. let’s go to a corporate steak house where bosses try to impress their new hires, where lawyers unwind with a glass of gin. I said no, let’s hang out with winners.
 

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The world is NOT OK. It sucks, and the human race sucks even more. Has turned me into a major misanthrope.

When I croak,and because I have no kids or family left, I will leave most of my stuff to a humane society for animals. It will be my final middle finger to humanity.
 

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My buddies went to a casino once, and went outside for a smoke. Low and behold, we saw the casino riverboat captain hobbling into his rolls Royce.
I ran up to him grabbing him by his sleeve and yelled “You deserve this! You earned it!” They had to drag me away as I just kept screaming.
Then we all asked ourselves where do we wanna go from here. One guy said hey let’s go see the live taping of the jimmy falon show. We said naw. let’s go to a corporate steak house where bosses try to impress their new hires, where lawyers unwind with a glass of gin. I said no, let’s hang out with winners.

huh oh, someone just found the bukowski section at the bookstore.....
 

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As I've grown older, my optimism has been tempered (a lot) by realism...

Me too.

The world is NOT OK. It sucks, and the human race sucks even more. Has turned me into a major misanthrope...

I sometimes really struggle with not becoming a raving misanthrope too. I try very, very hard to remain on the positive side of the street, but some days it's almost impossible.

The world is increasingly broken, and I don't know how to fix it. Sadly, I don't think anyone does.

So I look after my little piece of it as best I can, hopefully without harming anyone or anything else. Unless you are a cockroach, then you're in trouble🪳🪳🪳🪳
 

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It depends on what someone is expressing resentment or dissatisfaction about. If something is wrong, and someone paying attention brings it into awareness, I am not going to fault them. Context is important. To complain is not the same thing as grumbling, or mean spirited whining.
You're right.....there are two kinds of complaining. (IMHO) The first kind is just whining about selfish concerns of the "complainer"......the second is about selfless desires to make "things" better for everyone, regardless of how the complainer is affected. I embrace and commend those in the second camp, and dismiss those in the first. ;)
 

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The world is NOT OK. It sucks, and the human race sucks even more. Has turned me into a major misanthrope.

When I croak,and because I have no kids or family left, I will leave most of my stuff to a humane society for animals. It will be my final middle finger to humanity.
I often have to convince myself with mental gymnastics to go to sleep, or just finally close my eyes accidentally while doing research. When I wake up in the morning, I have to encourage myself to go ahead and take on another day, to have hope.

Today was no different. Started out with a chainsaw at work. Got an emergency call and had to hot tail it out. Elderly family member’s dog was dying, and they were unable to drive dog to vet. Died right before I got there. At least I was there to comfort my family member. They had just lost their only son a few months ago. I said a eulogy at the memorial for the son, and helped with some of the final affairs. Today I just helped get the dog to the vet for cremation, and helped to pick up the pieces.

Sometimes the only thing you can do is be there with people who are suffering. It does not fix the broken world, or change bad things from happening, but I have a choice how I will respond.

I have to believe that there wil be vindication for every injustice one day, reward for doing the right thing when no one is looking, and wisdom gained from experience. It is my duty to give mercy and forgiveness, because I have been given it. It is also the hardest thing to do, and it is what I wrestle with every night.

Meaning is up to me. I have to play the long game.

That said, I have a few things to say, I’ve been taking notes, and paying attention. There are a lot of folks like me that are not happy about what has happened to this world, and how people have changed. All I can do is not get fooled again, and try to be kind, but firm.
 
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