I think I am having a déjà vu. I think what’s happening to the new, shiny digital generation in the U.S. has already happened to the generation of my grandparents in the Soviet Union. The enthusiasm is oddly recognizable and mildly tragic.
They are not going to care about my observations. They are going to live their lives in a man-made world that doesn’t really exist, and listen to the sound of their enthusiastic voices, and they will tell everybody the tale of Progress, and then they will get old, and tired, and feel empty and deceived, and if they are lucky enough then their children and grandchildren will love them and treat them with gratitude and respect not because of their views but because that’s how children and grandchildren treat elders.
While they are in the prime of their “influencing” though, I am dying to show them some old Soviet movies. The vibe is almost identical!
I never thought I would relate to the generation of people who witnessed the new, enthusiastic slogan-walkers disrupting everything left and right in the name of the bright future. But I am witnessing it, and it’s trippy! And wow, staying sane and not pontificating all day takes some work.
What do you tell a person who is tragically misled and endearingly human? What do you tell a person who is marching forward like the king of the world without realizing that there is probably nothing waiting for him where he is going? Do you tell him anything? Will his great grandchildren take care of things and tell him that his ideas were wack and his leaders were messing with his life like crazy, but that they still love him for being the one and only him?
So many questions, so few answers. But the fucking tragedy! So much beautiful culture has been lost in marches, and is being lost today! So many unique, oddly-shaped, non-algorithmic and non-sloganizable people have been mutilated into dullness for no reason at all other than somebody else’s misguided POV!
The fucking tragedy, oh the fucking tragedy of mental compliance while chatting about shiny objects.
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