What if everything on earth becomes instant? Now playing: Bruno Mars’ The Lazy Song. If we can do everything in an instant, will perseverance and hard work lose their meaning?
This is an article from our newest contributor, Erwin Badiola of Lipa City. Dig in into the topic and let us know if you share the same sentiments on how the existence of anything that’s instant changed our world.
All of us share a common love – love for anything instant.
Who could contest? As if canned goods weren’t instant enough, we developed easy-to-open tin containers. As if snail-mailing wasn’t fast enough, we were introduced to texting. As if we couldn’t cook quickly enough with good ol’ pots and pans, we invented pressure cooker. As if bodybuilding gyms weren’t good enough, some WWE wrestlers resorted to steroid-injection.
Everything, except GSIS transactions, is slowly becoming instant. Instant oxymoron.
Every day is literally another instant day. We’d start off the day with instant noodles, if not instant coffee, for breakfast. We’d reach out for the remote control to instantly click on the television. We would watch stories of those people who got instantly rich through that
crappy Ang Pangarap Kong Jackpot show. Then, we’d order from fast food stores for instant lunch. At night, we’d heat up either canned or microwavable goods for instant dinner. Admit it or not, we do this on a daily basis.
Sadly, we seem to live in a world where anything that does not come in an instant is excruciatingly slow.
This love for anything instant roots back to humanity’s never-ending struggle towards comfort and convenience. Us Batanguenos are no exception.
It was once told that prosperous coffee bean farms flourished all over Batangas as this industry basically started in Lipa. But then we were introduced to instant coffee and embraced industrialization. Philippines could have remained the top coffee producer all over Asia as it was before. Or it could have been something better.
No. I am not hypocritically saying that this development and evolution of things does not benefit us because, in many ways, it really does. I am saying that we should not let this selfish love for everything instant make us do terrible sort of things – the kind which resulted to the unforgettable Quirino Grandstand hostage-taking crisis due to Mendoza’s poorly made decision to instantly claim what he believed was his. That is ancient history, yes, but I don’t think it tells something that’s untimely.
Should we not learn to stop and take some, if not most, things slowly, we would find ourselves inconveniently staring at the end of our pursuit for convenience.