Good morning. It’s Monday and I couldn’t be happier to be rapping at you turds and turdettes today. I’m currently jamming some Asia (heat of the moment) and drinking a little coffee. Last night I was trying to convince my friend Matt about the greatness of Lil’ Wayne and he (understandably) was having none of it. He said he didn’t ‘get it’ which I dig. That shit’s not for everyone. But it made me realize something and it sort of knocked my entire pompous sensibility on its ass.
See, I’m a dismissive prick when it comes to consumption, and there’s lots of things out there that I don’t get. AND, and this is the key point, I sort of feel smug and superior about not getting certain things. “Oh, you like Nirvana, eh…” I’ll think, “well, I guess I just don’t get it (and, frankly, that’s because secretly, it sucks and your taste is unrefined, lame, terrible etc.)” You’re familiar with this train of thought, no? Sure you are. It’s not just music either. What about your great uncle that cooks spam in the frying pan? What about your friend that watches Twilight? What about your buddy who collects stamps or obsessively watches NASCAR or whatever it is? It’s everywhere. Something in this popular consciousness has turned everyone into smug, superior cocksuckers. Everyone. Me included.
But last night, while I was listening to Lil’ Wayne and talking to Matt, I realized something huge, and I texted it to myself so I wouldn’t forget it. This is the text, verbatim:
“The superior perspective isn’t the one that doesn’t get it, but the one that does.”
Now, this is no dig on matt, nor is it some new way for me to feel superior to someone because they’ve pooh-poohed something I enjoy, (because let’s face facts, in much the same way that not liking something makes us feel superior, liking something that everyone laughs at you for liking is a bummer of a feeling). In fact, Matt’s a brilliant guy and he has every reason in the world to not legitimately like Lil Wayne and I’m not questioning that but I AM suggesting that he’s missing out by not liking it. Same with everyone who doesn’t like everything. This world is a shitstorm of sadness, decay, hatred, whimsical tragedy and ugliness. There are so few things out there that are enjoyable, the idea that NOT enjoying something is some sort of claim to superiority is just fucking foolish. It’s sort of like when I realized how ass backwards the morality of the Puritans was. Suddenly up is down, good is bad, cats and dogs are living together, man. This shit’s the same. All these smug hipster dipshits (of which I am, unfortunately, one) that are too cool for school who condescend to us because we enjoy J Lo or Nickelback or Monday Night Football or Taco Bell or (god forbid!) something that’s on television, they’re the ones who can’t make the jump to see the good in something and thereby enjoy it. They’re the ones lacking the ability to process consumption into enjoyment, they’re the ones who will never know the visceral emotion that (for example) rushes into me when I’m listening to Lil’ Wayne really loudly. And that’s not better. That’s worse. There’s NOTHING cool about not being able to enjoy something. Nothing at all.
Now, this isn’t to say that people aren’t allowed to dislike something, or that they’re stupid for not liking it. To go back to my original situation, Matt doesn’t like Lil’ Wayne. I’m not suggesting he’s dumber than me, or that his intellect is dimmer or that I’m better than him or anything like that. That would be stupid. I AM suggesting that he’s the one missing out by not liking it, and that makes his existence that much less enjoyable. Sure, it’s infinitesimal, but it’s the kind of thing that adds up if it runs rampant all over every facet of your life. I don’t know, man. It’s strange. There’s no reason that the idea that enjoying something is better than not enjoying it should be a statement that even needs to be made, but that’s how fucking stupid and twisted our times are, folks. I’m revolted by all of us.
Oh, and obviously this isn’t the kind of thing that holds true in extreme circumstances. Like, for example, kid porn or torture or Skrewdriver records or whatever. There’s lots of fucked up shit out there that’s a product of hate and evil and that shit’s obviously antithetical to what I’m talking about, so gimme a fucking break you goddamn lawyers. Jesus. Try to bring a little perspective out and all anyone wants to do is talk semantics.
Fucking vultures. Forget I said anything.