Have you ever noticed how the truly arrogant souls amongst us do not suffer from vertigo? It’s a miracle of science, or perhaps the omnipotent omnipresent deity that nobody who isn’t mental has ever met. I’m quite amazed that they can see anything but darkness, considering their heads are so far up their own arses that they can taste yesterdays dinner.
You may be wondering what’s got my goat. Nothing. I don’t have a goat. What I do have is a chip on my shoulder. But then I’ve always been a messy eater. Truly I am angry. I hardly notice the difference anymore because I feel exactly the same way every single day. I am angry at what our world has become, about what people have become and most of all I am angry about the way in which we admire others.
To borrow a phrase from another writer, we are the Pepsi generation. The generation of brands before bands, of product before integrity, we have fully embraced the concept of manyana to match the death of human ambition. And yet still we raise people up on pedestals and worship at their feet. All the while we are waiting for them to fall. When they do, we cause a stampede as we run over their bodies, each footfall carefully aimed and we tear at their carcasses without every stopping to ask ourselves what the fuck are we doing? Never once do we ask ourselves why we need heroes? Deep down we know that by proving that our heroes are fallible, we somehow excuse our own shortcomings. That if someone more intelligent, attractive and/or richer than you can’t resist stumbling down the local park and performing sex acts on homeless vagrants how could anyone expect you to? If some middle-aged actor can’t turn down a big mac, how could you? If some talented musician ends their own life because they were unhappy, how unhappy must you be with your lot in life.
We embrace weakness. We celebrate it. It comforts us, and wraps us in a warm blanket of our own shortcomings, where we can lay immobile without ever feeling the compulsion to try. We have become obsessed with protecting our children from failure. Failure has become a dirty word, one which we all do our level best to avoid. And we are all well aware of what the best strategy is, after all, how could anyone fail at anything, if they never ever try…