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…