Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"Everything is Amazing, Nobody's Happy"

My brother introduced me to this great bit from comedian Louis CK on Conan O'Brien. It begins: "When I read things like 'The foundations of capitalism are shattering' I think 'Well, maybe we need that ...'"

This is some funny stuff. Enjoy.

Ironically, when we were waiting for the youtube video to upload the other night we were cursing the internet connection for being so dang slow....


Colin Toffelmire said...

That was the best thing I've seen in a long, long time. I was actually crying with laughter by "You're sitting in a chair in the sky!!"

And yes, we really are the most spoiled, ungrateful, ridiculous society in the history of the world. And I'm honestly not sure if that's an exageration or not.

Tony Tanti said...

Great comedy, great laughs were had indeed.

I had a rotary phone in my room as a kid and I hated dialing one of my friends number because of all the zeros, if you slipped half way you'd have to start the dialing over again.

Spoiled and ungrateful society, maybe. I'm not sure though, we're also a more charitible and tolerant society than in the rotary phone days. As a whole though I suppose those generalizations seem true, I'm just not a big believer in the "good 'ol days" mentality.

That video is funny as heck though.

erin said...

all i can hear are my youth kids on the camping trip..."what?! i didn't get that tweet for like 2 hours!! this phone sucks!!" hahaha sitting on a chair in the sky...

Anonymous said...

When i here my generation making comments like those on this hilarious clip i think they're just overreacting to culture and change etc. But to hear your generation agree is heart warming. Maybe it's part of we "don't know what we've got till it's gone". Maybe we've been spoiled. For sure we need to count our blessings etc. Stu.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...


Doesn't every generation take what they've got for granted? It's just an inevitable part of human progress, I think. Like children taking parents for granted; it's not evil, it's just life.

But I still laughed. "A chair in the sky."

jon said...

I agree. I think the fundamental issue of taking things for granted, feeling entitled to whatever you have, is a human nature thing, and has neither gotten worse nor better. (I agree that is is "just life", but would hold out that it could be evil).

However, I can see how a generation that hasn't lived thru a World War or a Depression might be more spoiled than one that has. That said, I think the same human nature would come out with different foibles in reaction to those, like the flip side of the same problem. Instead of ungratefulness, over-zealous tight-fistedness. Instead of spoiled entitlement, selfish hoarding, you know?

But human nature is as it has always been. I'm sure the first generation to grow up with fire was cursing the gods when the wood was wet and they couldn't get a flame going. Part of human progress is the realization that the progress wasn't all it was cracked up to be. New advances bring new letdowns, and on it goes.

Matthew A. Wilkinson said...

"...cursing the gods when the wood was wet and they couldn't get a flame going."

Ha. Yeah.

"Part of human progress is the realization that the progress wasn't all it was cracked up to be."

Now, that's interesting. We keep pushing forward and making significant advances, but even if we advance to some Star Trek future, the fundamental problems of being human will remain. Or, as you put it, "and on it goes." Or, as the writer of Ecclesiastes put it, "there is nothing new under the sun."

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