Everywhere I look I see mediocrity. I see people settling because they think the minimum amount of effort is sufficient.
All day long, as I work, I have clients who are some of the most highly educated people entrusted with the responsibilities of thousands of lives, and yet they have the attention spans of children. I provide them with information that the simplest of minds could read and understand and I receive blank looks and silences pregnant with ignorance in return.
When I go out to restaurants or stores I see people who take absolutely no pride in what they do. I see professional companies with obvious misspellings in their advertising materials. There are customers who take casual to mean “clothes that a homeless person would turn down”. There is error heaped upon error with only the slightest shrug of the shoulders provided as an apology.
At night, I witness comics who are in their early twenties who can’t spell or even seem to understand the most basic levels of grammar, but think that’s going to serve them well in the long run as they attempt to launch a career that has its focus in writing. Left and right, people demonstrate their sheer lack of intelligence and aptitude, or maybe it’s their complete acceptance of mediocrity. In my mind, it’s almost the same thing.
The dating pool and dating websites are full of examples of people who should probably stay single and never procreate. In an environment that is geared towards selling oneself to a potential date, it would seem obvious to use punctuation, capitalization, and spell-check. To use photos that aren’t blurry or dark or pixelated. At least, it seems obvious to me, but apparently not to the legions of desperate single morons out there.
It’s not all pathetic. In every corner of my life I do encounter shining examples of drive and motivation. I see people who strive to be better, who embrace responsibility, who take pride in what they do, no matter how simple the task. Those people are out there, but we are outnumbered by the brain-dead hordes, the drooling masses.
Whatever you do in life, do your best. Not for your boss or spouse or family or anyone else. For you. Take pride in accomplishing something that stretches your ability to the limit. Be the best cog in the gears, the strongest link in the chain. Smile and take comfort in knowing that regardless of anything else, you have made an effort.