The Good Life
What is “the good life”?
In the 1950’s, the good life was considered this June Cleaveresque world where the men worked and wore suits and the women washed and wore aprons. Proceed forward a few decades to the 1970’s, for many, the good life was one without war; specifically one where the United States pulled out of Vietnam and ended the draft, sending home the thousands of men who were sent across the world without a say in their fate. In the early 2000’s, the good life was one where you returned home in time from work to watch the new episode of Friends or you had Sundays free to do the New York Times crossword. And now? Well, all we require to be happy is enough hours in the day to browse or stream or message or swipe or whatever our well-exercised thumbs will allow. As long as we are occupied and sensitized by as many different links, pages or tweets we can find, we are thoroughly satisfied with our day to day routine.
So the good life right now…the good life is one of distraction. With most adults no longer given the luxury of a 9–5, those 9:00 p.m. dinners taste great with New Girl streaming on Netflix in the background. Our tinder dates are so much easier to get through when we can discretely text our best friend under the table without our date noticing.
The good life transforms from year to year and decade to decade, leaving our wandering minds and hapless hearts lost, always looking for what to cling to next; what small sentiment of life to look forward to. They say the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, but I would like to bring to light the possibility that, whether rich or poor, you live your life to acquire the best the “distraction market” has to offer. The newest gaming system, the largest TV, highest quality camera, all purchased to try to capture moments that we no longer spend the time to create.
So the good life? Ya, something’s good about it, but I don’t really think I would consider it a life anymore.