*Two posts in one day?! What a miracle. This is just a draft I wrote a couple weeks back and never got around to finishing til now. Just one of my many [future] rants.*
Sometimes throughout the course of my work day, I’ll venture onto the world wide web and surf various news sites. Some days I’ll spend the majority of my day reading through articles, blogs and comments. And most days which I do this, I get so infuriated by what I read I can hardly stand anything. It’s a masochistic type guilty pleasure I guess. Something about the adrenaline. It’s sick I know. But it passes time quite effectively when works slow.
I think the website that frustrates me the most is one called Venezuelan Analysis. For those of my many [billions and trillions] of readers that don’t know, I was born in Venezuela to a Venezuelan mother. (My father’s from Norway, but that’s neither here nor there.) So even though my family moved to the States when I was very young and I’ve become in all senses of the word quite “American”, I still pay heavy attention to the state of the country. We also have extended family that still resides there and my mom has plenty contact with old friends so on top of discussing United States politics, my mom and I tend to discuss Venezuelan politics as well.
Back to the offending website, though. The beauty of the United States is that websites such as Venezuelan Analysis (which I’ll refer from here on out to as “VA”) and blog posts such as this very one are allowed and encouraged to simultaneously float the web for anybody to read. My issue with it (and my issue with so much of the media here in the US as well) is that they promote themselves as unbiased and clear and straightforward news, when unfortunately, they’re the complete opposite. And so much worse than the media in the US.
I guess my biggest problem with VA, is the saddness it invokes in me. The views of the writers are so out-of-touch with anything sensible and unfortunately it seems to aligned with the majority of the population in Venezuela. And while democracy has proven to be the best form of government, what happens when the populace is ignorant and misinformed? I know that is my opinion, but I can hardly believe I’m alone in thinking a country is on the wrong track if they have food shortages, 75% rolling black outs, corrupt police and justice system, etc. Imagine worrying about whether a police officer is approaching you with good intentions or to simply rob you?
Venezuela has always been plagued with corrupt governments and overwhelming poverty. But Chavez’ revolution has done nothing but drive Venezuela deeper into that same hole.
I know you’ve seen them: the “memes” all over the internet that humorously attribute trivial and petty problems as “first world problems.” And while they’re generally hilarious, the truth in them is almost embarrassing. Growing up in the United States, I, as well as my peers, have had the luxury of not experiencing first-hand war, political unrest, and an overwhelming state of poverty usually found in third-world countries. This is what, obviously, distinguishes us as first-world country. We have entered into a wishful era where we, mainly my generation, believe war is obsolete. That we are truly are the closest to “world peace” than we have ever been. War, just like love, and jealously, and multitude of other things, is part of the human condition. And it is this disconnect with this human condition that leads to my generations desperate grasp for anything revolutionary. The desire to be a part of something. Any movement to get jacked up about. See the Occupy Movement.
Let me back up just a bit. War was a very integral part of the lives of my grandparents and great-grandparent’s generation. Right around the turn of the 20th century, the world was still pretty unstable and everyone was just trying to float along, for the most part. My parent’s generation was a bit of a bridge. Raised in strict, conservative households, it was finally acceptable to break free from those norms. Hello, the counterculture! And yes, there were demonstrations and protests against the Vietnam War, and then the less known Korean War. But fact of the matter is that the United States has been in a war pretty much since WWII. And somehow along the way, my generation is unaware of what happened in Kuwait. Or Bosnia. Or that the US presence in South Korea is what keeps the South Koreans safe. Not to mention the uprisings, and civil wars in the Middle East and Africa, the Persian Gulf War, Iraq invading Afghanistan. To describe this as merely conflicts is derogatory in the least.
Our ignorance is what has led us to become preoccupied with inconsequential circumstances, to our “first world problems.” We’re unaware and unaffected by what happens in the rest of the world, a complete contrast to our previous generations. Don’t get me wrong: I myself indulge in my first-world lifestyle and sometimes get caught up with frivolousness. I’m honestly neither saying this is wrong or right. But I just merely wish to point out the interesting progression of mankind. This is just my observation of how we’ve gotten to this point so far.
Your profession is to “play pretend,” much like my friends and I did when we were 8 during recess as princesses and fairies and teachers and god knows what else. The only difference being that you make millions of dollars by playing “house”, while I had to clean up my mess in time for dinner. You live in a pretend world that’s hardly reality. So with that being said, don’t liken yourself to everyday Americans and stay the hell out of everything else that is reality and understand that most people won’t take you seriously as long as the hardest part of your day is playing cowboys and indians.