Reason #9948 why America is doomed July 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Admin, asshatery, Basics, foolishness, huh?, non squitur, paganism, silliness, Society.
Goofy Friday non sequitur post ahead.
Look, I get it, not everyone likes McDonald’s. They have issues. I’m rather cold to their lunch/dinner items, but I’ve always thought their breakfasts were pretty good.
But who are these people – “millenials” apparently – who have never had McDonald’s before, or at least the breakfast? And why do they pretend as if they’ve never seen a burrito or some kind of a wrapped sandwich? I’m calling BS on this. I’m calling “I’m so above the hoi polloi I don’t even know what this pre-packaged food for the masses is.”
But I’m calling more than that. Wait and see:
First, I bet most of these people are BuzzFeed interns/hangers on. I sincerely doubt their randomness.
I will admit, when I first saw Zach, I had an irresistible urge to do something cruel. But as I watched the video I found him slightly more tolerable, but still highly annoying.
Let’s look at his statement: “When I was older, I started loving Chick Fil A, then Chick Fil A started hating gay people.”
Now what would prompt a person to make that kind of statement in this environment? Let’s assume he is just a “man off the street” who has never had McDonald’s. This is what he comes with? Some radical sodo-propaganda? Why would Chick Fil A’s now abandoned stand for marriage cause him such angst that he is still assaulting random strangers about it, even 2 years after they caved?
And yet I see statements like this all the time. I was watching some review about True Detective Season II on Youtube and the reviewer, for no apparent reason, spent the first five minutes of the review just bashing Christians and other “homophobes.” It was completely out of left field.
My belief is, people do not make statements like this out of real conviction. They may think that’s their motivation, but the statements are too of a kind, too plainly simply a regurgitation of propaganda they’ve heard elsewhere, to really come from a “this is something I believe down to my core” kind of motivation.
I think these kinds of reflexive ejaculations of propaganda are made for two primary reasons: a kind of gnostic tribalism, signalling oneself to be above the “other,” and base fear. Fear at being “outed” from the elite one craves to belong to.
That this belonging is almost always a total illusion only reinforces the craving to belong. This tendency seems incredibly common among millenials in particular, who, to my old grey mind, seem to be so easily manipulated by social propaganda as to essentially stand for nothing. Whatever the “hip” sources (what is that: Reddit, Buzzfeed, Tumblr, Gawker?) tell them to believe, they’ll parrot that like the most zealous Hitler Youth at Nuremberg in 1935.
I wonder if these people (save maybe for the Aussie?) have any idea how shallow and……dare I say it?……fake they come across. Every reaction seems contrived, to prove some point (I’m above this).
No I do not mean to pick upon you, or your kids, I’m speaking in generalities. I know folks in the ostensible “millenial” age range that are very much grounded in reality and who have substantial personalities in their own right.
I guess my major beef with this – and I don’t mean to come off as some McDonald’s shill because I’m not, I eat there but only on occasion – is that it seems so contrived. And I think so much of our culture today is just that: contrived. Political theater, constant 24/7 entertainment for the masses, people dealing in shallowness, and very few having the time or inclination to go a bit deeper, to say what people have always said: why am I here? What does this mean? We Christians, thanks be to God, have the answers. But there are so, so many lost souls out there who do not. I think that video struck me as emblematic of that. There are so many people, especially young people, who are essentially groundless, and thus move with whatever they perceive to be the strongest breeze blowing through the culture.
But then again, a cigar is sometimes just a cigar.