Everything is amazing right now and no-one is happy
I was just watching an appearance on Conan O’Brien by funnyman Louis CK where he embarks on a monologue which begins with the line “everything is amazing right now and no-one is happy”.
I think it’s so true!
We live in a time where we each personally possess the entirety of human knowledge, incased in a lifeproof phonecase and sitting in our back pocket. Literally any piece of information ever discovered right up until one second ago is just a couple of clicks away.
We can traverse to anywhere on this earth in less than one full rotation around the sun, while sitting on an armchair in the sky drinking wine - for a maximum ticket price of about three weeks average pay.
Clean water is on tap literally any place you go, including any building and on random street corners - for free. We can drink water whenever we feel like it. We can also eat literally any food, despite whether it is in season or the homeland from which it originated. Food is generally inexpensive and abundant in this era.
We have the ability to make money. There are jobs in just about any field you can think of, and if we are happy to miss out on some (mostly synthetic) joys like boozing every weekend or expensive furniture, we can pretty much work towards any career we like. Or we can work in a casual job and make bank.
Modern medical advancements mean we have the opportunity to live many long healthy lives in one - we change our careers multiple times, we have many significant partners, we have children and witness our children having children. Chances are we will also meet our children’s children’s children. Three generations beneath us - three!
And no matter how our modern lives crumble beneath us, from the death of a significant other to losing our home or losing our job, we are continually reminded that we are aeons stronger and more resilient than we realised - and that this modern life facilitates the rise from the dead by giving us so many opportunities to help us rebuild a life - or make a new one.
Everything is amazing right now and no-one is happy. So I’m going to take some time each night before bed to recite to myself the things we have to be grateful for. For me, I am grateful for the above - for health, adventure, information, freedom and the opportunity to be whoever I want to be.