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We live in an age of opportunity – hard work is the key

I am sure that this generation more than any other that has gone before has the opportunity to be whatever they want to be. In this country we are very quick to feel sorry for ourselves. To blame our upbringing, to blame our education and to blame the lack of opportunities that life has presented us. I do not believe this is what will get us out of the current social mess we are in.

There are lots of ways out. Key to all of this is not what the mainstream media are portraying as the way out. The main stream media, not all but most, convey short-term-ism (is that a real word, if not I am having it.) Short-term-ism as an example?…the rise of overnight celebs. Celebs that crash and burn within the year and are replaced by somebody with even lower self esteem.

Its difficult for me to sit here and criticize everything on the current TV schedule but by god is there some crap. Have we nothing better to do with out lives on planet earth? Shows like the X-Factor, which turns out in the end to be a show for really talented people. Giving them the chance to rise to stardom from humble beginnings, albeit at the expense of making someone else incredibly rich and the carnage of their private lives being dragged onto the public agenda to sell the show. I find myself cringing at the beginning of the shows auditioning format when people who are clearly mentally deficient, are publically laughed at by the judges and the viewing public of the show. How long before one of these contestants, seeks revenge?

There are countless shows like this, we all know what they are form Big Brother to I’m A Celebrity (or used to be a celebrity anyway) Get Me Out Of Here. I am not blaming any one show in particular, I just think they send the wrong message to the youth of today, they’re symptoms of a sick society. Maybe, that’s just old cynical me…

Anyways, back to the point. Whilst I feel said shows do create opportunities, in my opinion they are the wrong sort. They exploit, they feed corporate greed, they churn up and consume human souls on a ridiculous scale, year on year. For every success, there is more heartache, public intrusion into lives and ridicule then is justifiable, in the name of fame.

We shouldn’t send these messages to the next generation. By sitting in on a Saturday night and watching these programmes, we are saying to our youth that this is acceptable. Controversial maybe but true. It’s the same as letting them watch films with adult content, it’s the same as using foul and abusive language in front of them. They are like sponges and soak up anything and everything, sometimes subliminally.

What I feel we should be honoring is hard work. Whether that’s the local butcher, newsagent, musician or a sporting superstar. The messages we should be sending should be about the level of commitment, of sacrifice, add into the mix the vital ingredient, the desire to work really hard, to attain the level of success. We shouldn’t put the emphasis of materialistic gain or reward as we so often do. This creates false goals.

I can tell you now from experience, that nobody in this world can take that feeling from me. Forget the money and all the materialistic bullshit that comes with the modern day footballer. What really makes me proud, what really makes me confident in the man I am today, is the constant, almost pathological at times pursuit of excellence in my chosen field. My biggest attribute, my main strength was that no matter what happened, whatever came my way, I was, I am and I always will be prepared to do a hard days graft.

If my offspring inherit one thing from me, I want it to be that they’re not afraid to do the work. That will make me a proud old man…

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james jackson
james jackson

Joey,

 

very interesting points here.

 

While we none of us is perfect, you do have to accept that your own behaviour is nothing we want young people learning from. Also notice the swearing and provoking attitude in your pre-match video recently makes a similar point.

 

Appreciate your honest views but you need to take control of your own dark side as well.

Benny Bwoy
Benny Bwoy

Interesting thoughts as ever Joe. I reckon you should have a look at "Black Mirror" on DVD. It's a series of 3 programmes written by Charlie Brooker portraying the kind of nightmare world we're in danger of creating with our obsessive short-term-ism! Allez l'OM.

TomBates
TomBates

Anybody read anything by Franz Kafka, I would have to say it is genius, perhaps I like it as I always enjoy satire... basically anything that contests the way things are done and then rips the pee out of it. Also I'm alright Jack (film) shows how we are basically influenced by money and power whoever we get it, peope resort to any easy fix and will trample over others to get it, we're all as bad as each other.

darrenharrison
darrenharrison

Great post and i enjoyed reading, would like to add that i would like to state i am part of todays generation being 20 however being an insider i can easily see that the generation i am involved with is a generation that at the moment is clearly very frustrated and a lot of my generation arent fully aware of what path they want to chose in life.

 

Reality TV shows are not helping my generation at the moment as i log into twitter on a sunday or wedensday night and my news feed is full with "towie melts" tweeting and rewteeting these z list celebs. Crazy and baffles me to why people at a young age look up to these kind of people when there are people who are fighting wars and protecting us by serving in the national army, i sometimes pause and think these Z listers havent done a days work in their lifes the only duties they really have is to be pampered and to go out on a night out and act a clow knowing they will be in the paper the next morning and gain a few thousand more followers on twitter.

 

Onto the modern day footballer Joey this is something that obviously relates to yourself and i have read your post on players wages, a lot of people are quick to jump on the bandwagon that this player is paid such and such amount per week, however these people forget how hard professional players have worked to make it at the top.

kalamneale
kalamneale

I couldn't agree more, the overnight celebrity in 'most' cases are a result of no hard work and no graft. I was once told that there are two kinds of people; 1, the one's that do the work, and 2, the one's who try to take the credit. Always be the first kind, as there is much less competition.

Attitude determines altitude.

badwolf
badwolf

I think we have more intrest in the "celebrity culture" as nowadays its more accesible than 20 years ago with interactions through social media sites like Twitter and Facbook, but there is now more of an emphasis on the fast track to fame and fortune, no longer do you actually need to be good at anything or talented at anything, just sit in a house for 12 weeks and your a "celebrity", look good, spend loads of money and become a WAG, i think it's sad that some people no longer want to aspire to anything less than being a celebrity, or being famous for being infamous.The X-Factor style programmes have been going for many Years, think New faces where we have had some real excellence, think Victoria Wood, Lenny Henry, Marti Caine and Michael barrymore all came off the sucess of reality TV, the only thing you need now it seems is a song and a good sob story, this is for my dear Dad/Mum/Nan/Dog/Budgie/Goldfish (delete as appropriate)

RJF
RJF

Stupid to disagree with this sentiment in the main - but that strain of interest in a sort of instant, rags to riches celebrity has always been about in some form in Britain: people used to celebrate highwaymen (and enjoy their executions too) - Jack Sheppard (http://spitalfieldslife.com/2011/04/09/jack-sheppard-thief-highwayman-escapologist/) or Dick Turpin spring to mind. Celebrity weddings in the 1900s were tremendously popular, ("it could be you")....   Tabloids were criticised for their low brow sensationalism in the 20s..

It goes on and on..

 

The hard work ethos is fine, but again it's difficult not to straightjacket that ideal as the ONLY virtue worth pursuing, otherwise we'd be a melancholy lot, Joey.

 

  I once heard the same from Paul Simpson from The Teardrop Explodes / Wild Swans in an interview (http://incendiarymag.com/interviews/wildswans/incendiary_speaks_legendary_paul_simpson): "I admire the innocence and the purity of times past, the resilience, the commitment to quality, when goods and services came at the highest possible standard. Despite the poverty and hardships and injustices of the past, to me the past seems preferable in many ways to the present...." ...."I aspire to the dignity of men of my grandfather’s generation."

 

 

The beauty of TV is you can switch it off. Maybe that's the idea that needs to be pushed. People have a choice & should exercise it more.