BY JOSEPH BRAZIL
After all, who could blame us? Everything we need to live can be easily found at a grocery store. For generations now, Americans have gotten used to having the life’s provisions delivered to our homes or found within easy grasp. Our civilization has advanced to a stage where we’re no longer required to hunt or gather tonight’s dinner, or to leave a guard on watch while our family sleeps. Presently, the vast majority of Americans live in what we could probably agree upon as a privileged society.
But with privilege comes complacency. And complacency turns priorities inward.
Here’s a light-hearted example. Take a look at these household items and see if you can identify the common bond:
iPhone. iPad. (the now defunct) MySpace. YouTube. And—heaven help me--selfies.
Kevin Welborn | @theKevinWelborn
I was experiencing “writer’s block” ninety seconds before I wrote this sentence. Every time that I compose an article for The Back Row, I want it to be perfect. I want it to be perfect, not because I am compulsive, but because I want you to think it is the best one ever written. “Shakespearean” I believe was the term used about my last article as reviewed by a prolific writer with unmatched credentials who I cannot quote for the fear of belittling the masses.
Okay, obviously no one has ever considered anything I have ever written to be “Shakespearean.” But, what if someone did? Somewhere on Earth somebody thought that I wrote something so powerful and majestic that they were filled with an overriding impulse to describe my words with such lofty praise!!!
I would be ecstatic. I would never forget it. I would have t-shirts made and a photo of that statement in my wallet next to pictures of my kids. I would run for President and that would be my whole marketing scheme: Kevin Welborn, a Shakespearean talent. Vote Welborn in 2016!