In today’s society, people often discredit good work simply because a better action/object/experience exists. People often call great things ‘bad’ because something of the same iteration is just a little bit better. This doesn’t make the great thing bad, it makes you a douche. Your alpha instinct is showing. Put it away before it pisses people off.
Recently I had the chance to speak with someone about an experience that I once had. I had thought that I had done a great job with it, but in chimed in stating that he/she had done what I had done, just a little bit better.
Naturally, this aroused my curiosity. Why does person X always one-up somebody when person Y has achieved something? Obviously we can look at the alpha-male syndrome (although there’s some instances that extend to females alike).
The perception is that the alpha male asserts a dominance, it’s nature’s way of seeking a mate, but displaying yourself as the ‘better’ candidate for procreation. But I think that the nature has evolved. People these days simply want to be better than the next, no matter what it involves. As my friend Eric explained, everything these days has become (excuse the French) a dick measuring contest.
I want to look at the often-quoted ‘PC Master Race’ statement that’s thrown around every time a console war breaks out (this is also so I can put them in their place). Get mad PC gamers, your PC isn’t that good. Video games are optimised for consoles. You’ve got mods? Take me through the 50 steps to get them working. Consoles are running on outdated technology? Cool story, keep updating your PC every 3 years because your graphics card of 2 years just doesn’t cut it anymore. (that was just a small rant)
Let’s take the A Song of Ice and Fire series for example, because of the special type of elitism involved in the world of literature. The HBO adaption of Game of Thrones (get mad, ASOIF douches) is an amazing show. The adaption is a gateway for the people to read the books. Unfortunately, literary elitists emerge when their favourite item goes mainstream. Think about it like this. No matter how good the production value of the current episodes are, these elitists always find a way to compare them to the absolute God-like nature of the books. It’s like if put on a rating scale, with the books coming in at 10/10, people will always trash the 9/10 TV series.
And this bothers me.
This ‘alpha’ or elitist mentality is unhealthy. The constant race for 1st place is unnecessary. I think it simply bothers me that some people are willing to discredit others because they’re afraid of their pedestal-placing above the other.
So to these people that want to constantly blue-ribbon their way through life over other people’s achievements, I say, get stuffed. If I score one less goal than you in FIFA, don’t walk up to me and say that you scored 11 over my 10 goals. If I lift a certain weight, don’t walk over to me and say you did the same, but with an extra 5kg. What I’ve done is good, nobody gives a fuck if you did it slightly better, in fact, you come off as a douche. Don’t be that guy.
das my rant. ty 4 reading.