I’ve been thinking about things that have changed since I was growing up and what made them change. And I’m beginning to point the finger at people. Not specific people, just people. There’s too goddamn many of them. And they suck. But, oh, don’t worry about me. I’m doing my part. I’m not incrementing that population counter at all and I’m not living past my prime. I’m just a passing fad.
So what have we lost as we’ve gained people? I haven’t done much thought on this topic, just some casual thinking. So I don’t have a multi-page rant, but I came up with a few items.
Travel: Whether by air or car, there are too many damn people travelling. Air travel used to be luxurious. My parents dressed me in a suit to go to the airport. It was like going to church. Now, it’s just a big cattle train. With the apparent loss of manners and couth of the average American, it’s a terrible experience.
Education: All the time, I’m hearing about how schools need to be built or expanded. Where the hell are all these children coming from? When I was growing up, there was no school shortage. And with all this overcrowding, there’s no way anyone’s getting a good education and no teacher is getting paid for the effort they have to put in.
Beaches: I haven’t always lived near a beach, but when I was growing up, there were regular vacations to a beach. And I remember it was a lot different then. For one, you could drive your car on the beach. Not now. And can you imagine if you could? It would be a big-ass parking lot with no room for people. Traffic jams on beaches; beach rage; idiot drivers. Again, something that used to be a pleasant experience ruined by the masses.
Does it sound like I’m being elitist? I don’t think so. If the stupid humans of the world had enough damn sense that they don’t need to have more than two kids, much less 4, 6, or – holy shit – 8, then there’d be enough resources for everyone. There’d be enough seats on a flight. There’d be enough roadway for everyone. There’d be enough beach for everyone to lie out and for some to bring their car.
As humans, we’ve lost any concept of humans as a race. And we’ve stopped thinking about the big picture, and we’ve certainly stopped thinking of anyone but ourselves. 2012 can not get here soon enough.