How Instant Gratification Murdered Humanity

Ever wonder what instant gratification has done to us?

Having had “survived” three CEOs and four Sales Leaders, I cannot help but recognize a vicious cycle. An infinite loop back to square one and only a long serving employee will have the “pleasure” to witness, unfortunately.

I often wondered what happened to loyalty like those back in the days when employees boast of careers that last for a lifetime in a particular company – from the first day to retirement. Those days are definitely gone and not necessarily the fault of the employees nor employers.

It is this culture called instant gratification.

Not too long ago, companies have the luxury of time to train someone into their role. Sadly, the pace of the world today is calling all of us to discard, replace, and get something new at the first detection of weakness or defect. We are always looking for a quick fix and we no longer have the patience to repair anything.

Like a light bulb that is purposefully manufactured with a lifespan in order to create opportunity for repeat sales, the corporate world no longer have the patience to wait for new ideas coming to fruition. Employees are expected to hit the ground running the first day they report for work. Results must be instantaneous or else, heads will roll as they like to say.

In such a brutal environment, humans are treated no different than clothes and electronic gadgets – we are always replacing the older versions with the new. By the rate that we are going, it will not be a surprise that we will soon be drown in landfills of not only materials but corpses as well.

The funny thing is, each so called leader is seen to come into the organization with fresh and bright ideas. Due to the constant change in the lineup of the management and unbeknown to them, their ideas has already been tried and tested by their predecessors. It is either these ideas failed or the past management in their impatience, shelved the ideas just before they materialized. If one takes a step back and give it some thought, it is foolish!

In my opinion, we all ought to recognize the fact that we are all experiencing many events and occurrences in life for the very first time. We need to give ourselves ample of time to make mistake, learn, and do better. Discarding and changing all the time does not in anyway benefit everyone involved. In the corporate world, employees have commitments and mouths to feed. Changes will have an impact that ripples and affect all those around them.

We no longer have the perseverance, persistence, and endurance.

In the past, success was build upon a good foundation. Improvement was the buzzword. We keep on improving as we build towards success. We failed and we got back up stronger until success was attained.

Today, we want them new and we want them fast!

Can we all calm the f*** down and be a little more generous with our time?

Perhaps by doing so, we can add a day more to our lives?

Status

I looked around me during the church service last weekend and realize nothing that we put on ourselves matter. In the old days, we were told to put on our Sunday best but to me, our best or anyone else’ best is as good or as bad as our judgment.

We live in a world that is quick to judge based on appearance and it is hard to put in practice the saying “do not judge the book by its cover”. We live in a world today that is always seeking to impress and to be impressed. In short, it is easier to fool somebody while wearing an expensive timepiece and making it seen by our audience.

That evening in church, I felt that all the riches and statuses did not matter in God’s eyes – He accepts us as we are. In fact, He created us all equals and knows us well. What matters most is us coming to be in His presence and be at peace.

Today, I sat and chatted with a couple of co-workers. We spoke about branded apparels. Having had an “overloaded” shopping experience three weeks prior, the topic irked me but nonetheless I was interested to know the mandatory reason why branded and expensive apparels are important for certain people.

There is an insurance agency office where we work and as we were having our conversation, a few insurance agents walked past. They were quick to point out that three of the agents had a huge “H” on their belt buckles. Definitely a brand I wasn’t even interested in let alone know its worth or value. I should know it is a prestigious and premium brand moving forward.

“They need to carry themselves well in order to impress their prospect” was the only explanation.

I further questioned the practicality in an attempt to make sense of it all. I have seen these agents in their “lavishness” behaved in a manner least reflecting their perceived self worth. In other words, how they behaved was the total opposite of what they try to portray through their outfits.

Seeing the vast difference between the two scenarios stir up some sort of dilemma within me. It really is difficult to go against the tide of the world that is materialistic. One that sizes you up at first sight. And by complying and subscribing to such culture only serves to propagate it further.

Perhaps I am not in the position to live a lavish lifestyle and I might think differently when I find myself in that position.

But then, I am pretty sure my soul would still be unsettled on the grounds of principles.