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Everything’s Amazing . . . Nobody’s Happy July 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Joke, People.
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We live in an amazing world . . . so why aren’t we happy?

Here’s a few clues to consider:

* We’re impatient. 

* We’re entitled. 

* We fail to see the wonders of the world.

Here’s Louis C.K. sharing his views with Conan on what ails society today . . .

Follow up Q & A with Louis C.K.  brought to my attention by Rik Scott over at Uphill Writing:

Quote:  Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves ~ for they shall never cease to be amused.

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1. Paula - July 11, 2010

This is without a doubt one of my favorite routines ever…I have seen it several times, and it makes me laugh, cry, and pump my fist in the air EVERY TIME! Thank you so much for posting it…we can all be such ungrateful and forgetful BOOBS! Another thing.,,..we stand in front of the microwave and drum our fingers on the counter moaning
“hurry…hurry…!” Wow..remember when to write to someone you sent a letter (and you paid more for airmail!) via US Mail, and you had to wait for it – sometimes days – to arrive and to get an answer back! Now? We complain when the ‘net is slow, or our computers don’t respond instantly to clicks…oh my! Thanks again…I’m still laughing at myself – something I have made a habit of for years! 😀

nrhatch - July 11, 2010

It is wonderful to laugh at ourselves . . . it keeps Ego in check!

Like you, I adore this routine. We really can be such twits at times. : )

2. Valerie - July 11, 2010

I saw this video in my Advertising class last semester and while I disagree with the whole “crappiest generation” comment, I do agree that we take our technology for granted. As someone with a pilot for a father, I hear stories about those ungrateful people every day and I find it so ridiculous — not that long ago, it took months to travel the world where now it takes less than a day. People really do need to open their eyes and appreciate everything.

nrhatch - July 11, 2010

Valerie ~

I’m not sure that he’s talking about any one specific age group. I think he’s talking about Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, the Y Generation . . . and basically everyone walking around with a sense of entitlement, rather than a sense of wonder.

Absurdity is not linked to one race, creed, or age. : )

Thanks for commenting!

nrhatch - July 12, 2010

If you look at that 2nd clip . . . turns out he was talking about HIMSELF!

3. Richard W Scott - July 11, 2010

I’m with Paula.

No matter how often I see this it brings me back… to Earth, and the amazing time we live in.

I grew up when TV had 3 channels and they were black and white–and WE didn’t have one!

All my life I’ve been waiting for this world–a reader of SciFi, I knew to some extent what it would look like–and while I don’t have a flying car or vacations on the moon, most of it is here.

I mean really–we can even do hand-held video calls now. Too bad I’ve gotten so old and fat I don’t want people to see me when I call them.

Thanks for posting this, Nancy.

nrhatch - July 11, 2010

We had 7 channels! NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, and 3 local stations.

We had to stand up to change channels. No remote.

We had to boil water on the stove. No microwave.

We had to mail off film and wait for the photos to come back. No digital cameras.

We had to play record albums one at a time. No CD changers.

And when “cell phones” first made an appearance . . . they came with a battery the size of a compact car!

Those were the days, my friend . . . : )

4. Paula - July 11, 2010

You must be a “sweet young thing,” Nancy! Ric and I know the REAL way it was…Actually, I remember having only 2 channels – CBS and NBC (I’ve watched Today Show since it began – way over 50 years ago!). ABC was a newcomer and upstart…didn’t happen along until late 50’s, or early 60’s! Public Television was definitely a “thing of the future,” and only dreamed about. Independent stations were unheard of – if you weren’t an affiliate, you didn’t exist! BUT: with those slim pickings, I saw what is still some of the best TV ever…I saw the original “Miracle Worker,” (it was first a TV drama), saw a production of “Our Town” that I remember vividly to this day…and both of those productions spurred me on to read. TV always did that for me! I read practically everything ever written by or about Helen Keller by the time I was 9; I read all the Thornton Wilder I could get my hands on…not sure how much I understood of him, but I loved to read what he wrote! TV never had a bad name in my household, because it truly then was an educational medium – especially for me. And, though I was a reader, I played outside a lot, too…flag football with my brothers, and tag; and I went roller skating and biking all over the neighborhood. I still believe that parents can use TV effectively. The problems with it begin when it is used as a pacifier…NOW – WHERE THE H–L did THAT RANT come from??? 😀

nrhatch - July 11, 2010

I decided to become a lawyer after watching Perry Mason with my parents every week.

We also loved The Wonderful World of Disney . . . except for Old Yeller. I did NOT like that movie.

There is a movie you might enjoy about the power of the airwaves for good or evil: Good Night and Good Luck ~ the story of Edward R. Morrow (sp.)

5. Paula - July 12, 2010

Not only have we seen that movie, we own it! Murrow, despite all his personal problems and difficulties, was a fascinating and inspiring man, and George Clooney did an extraordinary job with his directorial debut! Straithern was perfect as Murrow!

I remember going to see Old Yeller as a child, and crying my eyes out…along with my mother – who probably cried more than I did! I remember when Walt Disney’s TV program turned to color- “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color!” – and every time we heard of someone getting a color TV, we ALWAYS asked about how Disney’s show looked, about the “fireworks” animation at the beginning – with Tinkerbelle – remember? Also, we were excited to be able to see NBC’s peacock in color (after we finally got a color TV years later)! What simple pleasures! Do you remember being excited about seeing a jet in the sky? That old Andy Griffith Show clip always makes me laugh because it is so TRUE! You’d gaze up at the plane, and to anyone passing by you would point up and say “Jet!” The only thing these days that would evoke a similar reaction would be “UFO!”

nrhatch - July 12, 2010

I think by the time I was old enough to pay attention to planes, they were more common place. I took them for granted the same way you take cars passing by for granted.

I did not actually FLY until age 17 . . . and remember being astounded that such a huge machine could lift off the ground into the air. Amazing stuff.

6. souldipper - October 4, 2010

Interesting how a comedian created a piece that makes people think about themselves. Good work.

I have not received notice of your blogs. I came through FB. Guess I’ve been hit with the no blog notice bug.

nrhatch - October 4, 2010

That’s the mark of a good comedian. 🙂

This is a post from a few months back that I “reposted” on FB last night while “cleaning up” my FB page. I received notifications for all 3 recent posts yesterday ~ Crying, Bedbugs, and Healthy Recipe Contest. Did you?


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