Several times a week, I watch a woman wiping down her new truck. She wipes it down for so long and with such intensity that I can’t help but wonder if it’s all a ritual or if she really does see dust, dirt, and water spots. She does it predictably almost every day, however, so I really doubt this is anything other than some pride of ownership taken too far. I would not be the slightest bit surprised to find her just rolling around naked on it one day.
I hate the love of stuff, Matthew. There’s a brand new middle class here, and the kinds of obnoxious / selfish behaviors can be comical at times, but mostly infuriating.
Case in point, my wife and I were at a coffee shop interviewing a potential tutoring client, and I watched these three young ladies go all over that tiny cafe taking photos of themselves. The whole blessed store, Matthew. And they did not care at all that we chose an outside table to be away from them and handle our business. In fact, we chose the table to be out of their way. I motioned sort of a WTF shrug to one of them, but they never broke character. They only flashed a slight frown for half a second, and went back to posing.
Don’t mistake me. They didn’t interrupt us. I was more fascinated by the narcissism and love of self. These girls very deliberately put on nice clothes and were posing all over the place. It was so obnoxious.
It’s weird how quickly a country that has only started emerging has immediately begun aping Western behavior. My wife literally bathed outside until she was in middle school. They are just now emerging. It’s depressing how gratitude is so quickly thrown out of the window, as well as a lack of regard for your neighbor (the truck-lover parks in front of our house… forgot to mention that).
Am I getting preachy again? Have I become a self-righteous prick? I honestly don’t think so. I’m just getting older and noticing more things. I obviously have enough going for me here that these things don’t drive me off.
And they shouldn’t. My life is in no way affected by all of this. All I’m saying is that it doesn’t really bode well for this country if they are so quickly becoming materialistic and vain. It just reflects both a lack of gratitude and serves as a warning that behaviors are going to become more and more obnoxious and intrusive.
I don’t know how to close this letter. I don’t have a solution or a moral platitude to offer. I’m just disappointed to know that I might not be able to hole up here indefinitely. Somebody needs to buy the rights to one of my books and make a movie so I can get a little land and a little space. I’m growing more and more irritable by the day.
Wait a sec. I think we have a few Valium somewhere. I think I’m going to go check.