Instant Gratification Takes Too Long !

February 20th, 2011 by Michael Tabor

Have you seen Carrie Fisher lately, the stunningly beautiful Princess Leia from the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy? Carrie is 54 and is only 7 years older than I and yet she sadly looks more like my mother than someone very close to my own age (I’m sorry that’s not a nice thing to say, but….) – father time has not been very kind to her at all; perhaps the colossal amount of drugs and alcohol she has ingested over the years  has  aged her prematurely. 

This blog, nonetheless, is not about how drugs age a person but rather I mention her because she was once quoted as saying “Instant gratification takes too long.” Ms. Fisher was referring to how it felt when she was addicted to cocaine. This quote is certainly apropos when it comes to drug addiction but it’s also a very fitting statement if one were to assess and take a good long hard look at our “I want everything now without working for it” society. 

We have become a very impatient society and it is seemingly getting worse by the minute. The ‘culprits’ for this new way of life I believe are (I’ll just mention two) the internet and TV; isn’t it amusing observing people  become noticeably irritated because his or her computer takes more than 30 seconds to boot up. And how about the constant complaining about how slow one’s computer is and the multi-billion $$ ISP industry (promoting speed and efficiency) as a result of this lack of patience; isn’t that sad? 

How dangerous is driving today? It’s the Indianapolis 500 out there on every major highway in the United States; turning and weaving in and out of traffic in a hurry to get somewhere – but where? Is every speeding, reckless driver out there a physician en-route to the hospital to perform emergency surgery? 

We Americans are always in a hurry; you ever hear the person behind you at your local shopping center huffing and puffing full of irritation because you’re taking longer than the allotted time to complete your shopping transaction (i.e – paying  exact change takes a little longer because one has to count out the coinage – very annoying to impatient people.) Why is everyone in such a hurry? I often wonder what exactly the rush is. I fantasize about following these restless people just to see what they’re up to and where they’re going.   

I blame the internet (& really technology itself, smart phones, etc,) for a lot of this horrible behavior. The Internet is full of empty promises about getting rich quick without hard work. And people surf the net the same way they watch TV; Actually they’re using both  the mouse and the remote at the same time – yes TV and the computer – millions of restless, irritable and discontent individuals multitasking (multitasking is another blog) and filling their barren brains with superficial nonsense. 

When was the last time you heard  someone say they were reading Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ again or James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’. Some people have stated that my blogs are too long. If that is in fact the case, I might as well look for a new forum to express myself. So for those of you who have read this whole blog, I sincerely thank you. Thank you for having the patience. 

So now it’s your turn. WHADAWETHINK? What is this obsession with instant gratification? Jon Kabat-Zinn (Zen Master) says patience and paying close attention to everything you do all the time no matter how banal the task may be is essential to achieving true happiness and living completely and fully. (He calls this mindfulness.) ‘ Wherever you go there you are’ Why is everyone in such a hurry?

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3 Responses to “Instant Gratification Takes Too Long !”

  1. le duke de fromage Says:

    mr tabor, some of my most rewarding and frustrating memories come from watchinf trus craftmen build and create items. the painstakingtime and effort involved drove me crazy.

  2. le duke de fromage Says:

    mr. tabor , please delete my response as it was sent premature

  3. Michael Tabor Says:

    To which comment were you referring ? BTW, your comment is embedded so I can’t delete it, but anyway one can clearly see what you have written afterwards so it’s no problem. Thanks.

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