Sometimes I wonder, I wonder where the human race is going. Is it really evolving? Or is it actually devolving?
It makes sense to me that people are getting stupider, society seems to embrace it even promote it. Dumbing down is becoming the norm, reading as a past-time is becoming obsolete (unless it’s trashy self-help books).
In a way, I think it’s because stupid people breed far more than smart people. It’s a fact, poor people fuck a lot without using any kind of protection, without thinking about their possible children education or future, without worrying about the consequence.
How many middle class or rich families do you know with more than 3-4 kids? I bet if you know many working class or poor families you’ll find they commonly have 5,6,7 or even 8+ kids.
You can say this works backwards to how evolution should, survival of the fittest? No, because the dumb ones breed a shit load more – so in the end even in a few win a Darwin Award and manage to kill themselves – they still net more kids than the smart people.
So eventually, those anal retentive middle class people who are so uptight they can’t even manage to get a boner long enough to procreate once are going to die out and the poor masses are going to out populate everyone.
A great example is Singapore, they are so uptight they no longer even want to fuck, they don’t want to marry each other, if they do they import wives from abroad. Even then they don’t have enough kids – their population is dwindling. They have INCENTIVES for having children, the more you have the bigger they get.
I guess living in a HDB unit you wouldn’t want too many though.
If you want to see a good example of this (albeit a little exaggerated) watch Idiocracy – the ironic part? The movie itself has been dumbed down and has some stupid narration to point out the ‘jokes’ because the average idiot wouldn’t understand it.
And what’s up with people and their attention spans?
I’ve been watching a lot of TV series lately, and I’ve started watching a few older ones more recently.
You know what I noticed, old series don’t have those annoying recaps at the start (well annoying for me because I have an attention span longer than a goldfish). I really love Dexter but the fucking recap is WAY too long, jeez I KNOW what happened in the last episode.
Can’t people even remember something they watched a week ago?
I’ve noticed recaps are getting longer and longer with the newer series, I’m pretty sure none of the old series I used to watch had recaps either.
It’s this new MTV generation where everything is packaged into bite sized infobubbles, ADD/ADHD is in the ‘in thing’ to have.
No one seems to be able to concentrate any more, kids rarely play RPG’s – they take too much patience. They like GTA, racing games, shoot em ups, things which don’t take prolonged concentration.
Old series used to end with dignity as well, the season wrapped up and left you feeling at peace – but looking forwards to the next one.
Modern series have to leave you kancheong with a cliff-hanger at the end of the episode and a super cliff-hanger at the end of the season to make all these attention deficit people bother to continue watching.
I think Lost is the worst of all for this, possibly followed by Prison Break.
I guess it’s related back to what I said at the top, reading teaches you patience and concentration. It teaches you imagination too and much more in the way of vocabulary, it helps you to express yourself more accurately with words and generally just improves your brain.
Watching TV, does quite the opposite – especially when you’re staring at a TV hooked up to a satellite or cable box with 100s of channels. There’s a reason why they call it the idiot box.
Anyway, did anyone manage to read all the way to the end of this post without drifting off? Just some thoughts that coagulated in my mind.