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The Age of Entitlement July 30, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Gratitude, Happiness, Mindfulness.

In Everything’s Amazing . . . Nobody’s Happy, Louis C.K. reminded viewers to focus on the wonders of the world.

To really “wake up” and smell the coffee brewing.

Great advice.

Following his lead, here are a few things that: did not exist just a few short years ago; free up our time for more important pursuits (like living life); and are often taken for granted in this Age of Entitlement.

First, the kitchen appliances:

* With a flick of my wrist, my coffeemaker starts brewing, filling the house with a delicious aroma, leaving me free to attend to other morning rituals and ablutions.

* During the day, I toss in a few basic items (water, flour, salt, sugar, and yeast), and my breadmaker mixes, kneads, and bakes a loaf of tantalizing, homemade bread for dinner.

* My microwave perfectly steams fresh veggies, pops popcorn, and reheats left-overs.

* Through it all, our refrigerators keep food from rotting, and our A/C’s keep us from melting, in the sweltering heat of summer.

Thanks, guys!

Snoopy5Second, there are entertainment gadgets, like our DVD Player:

* We can watch movies in the privacy of our own home, on our timetable.

* We don’t have to drive to a theatre, stand in line, pay for a ticket, sit in a sticky seat, and listen to other people talking, eating, or emitting other (even more disgusting) noises.

* We can pause the movie for a quick snack run or bathroom break.

* We can replay selected scenes, or watch the movie with captions to clarify dialogue (or learn a new language).

* We can enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film ~ an especially nice feature on documentaries.

Thanks for bringing the world of entertainment into our living rooms!

Third, there are cleaning gadgets, which enable my husband to clean clothes at the same time he is dusting, vacuuming, or scrubbing toilets.

(Sorry, girls.  He’s taken.)

(And, before you ask, he came this way . . . I didn’t have to train him.)

Thanks, BFF.  You rock!

Fourth, the digital camera transformed Kodak Moments:

* We can take a photo, see it, and take another if necessary (for example, if Johnny is picking his nose in the center of the reunion photo).

* We no longer mail film to a processing lab and wait. . . wait . . .  wait . . . for the developed photos to be delivered (or lost in transit) via snail mail.

*  We no longer flip through the long-awaited prints only to discover that every photo on the roll is blurred, smudged, too dark, too light, or someone else’s photos entirely.

* We choose which photos to print, obviating the need to a) callously toss scary bad photos of loved ones into the trash, or (b) hold a cremation ceremony to dispatch their bad hair day images to  Kodak Heaven.  With a quick flick, those truly awful images are deleted and no one is the wiser.


Fifth, communication gadgets:

* Used to be that neighbors had to run next door to ask if they could borrow a cup of sugar or an egg.  Now, they can pick up the phone, start chatting, and forget why they called in the first place.

* Now, instead of running around looking for a pay phone, while searching grimy pockets for quarters which were never there when needed, we can calmly pull a cell phone out of purse or pocket and place a call.

* Used to be that someone who’d had a bit too much bubbly would sleep it off without bothering to share their shadow self with the world.  Now, they can call WordPress and record those thoughts (about the boss from HELL)  and, in the morning, while struggling with a wicked hangover, rush to their laptop to erase the verbal abuse, only to find that the internet is DOWN.

* Even if we don’t use cell phones for daily chats, it is a lovely lifeline for unexpected “emergencies” ~ a safety net when family members are spread out through enormous McMansions and it’s time to gather for take out.

* Internet provides instantaneous answers to questions that bother us so, raising new, even more troubling, questions.

* E-mail allows us to communicate with the outside world without waiting for a reply, or having to remember what we said.  When we press “Send,” our computers keep a copy.

* We can e-mail ourselves any time of the day (or sleepless night) to jog our memory, “Remember to take a sleeping pill before bed tonight.”

* When we want to share something funny, we don’t have to repeat the same story over and over and over until it ceases to amuse.

* Best Invention EVER:  Please Leave A Message at the B*E*E*P 

We have it so good.

And still we find things to complain about:  like the guy who cut us off in traffic LAST WEEK, or the cashier in Taco Bell who got our order WRONG.

I wonder why that is . . .

Quote:  Recognize the richness of your existence.

Related post:  A Day in the Future (Raptitude)


1. Richard W Scott - July 30, 2010

Louis CK’s video is great (although some of his others are a bit edgy).
You make good points here.
I guess the problem in life is the same as the one in business.
This year’s bonus is next year’s entitlement.

nrhatch - July 30, 2010

Boy, did YOU hit the nail on the head!

Or, maybe, the nail in our coffin. : )

2. cindy - July 31, 2010

No hangover and no complaints this morning.
All is good with the world.
Loved Rik’s comment.

nrhatch - July 31, 2010

That is good to hear, Cin.

Life is always better when we’re “on top of the world,” rather than buried in yesterday’s messes. : )

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