“I can’t get no satisfacation” ~ The Rolling Stones
Or, as defined by my dictionary
Satisfaction (n): the pleasure derived from the fulfilment of a desire
Three buses went past me; if I’d be waiting for one this would have been an amusing anecdote. As it was I just happened to be walking by a busy bus-stop. On the side of the first was an advert for Wonga.com, the second for Sky Sports, the third for the Samsung Galaxy S III.
Now in theses times of ludicrously inflated footballer wages, mass transfer fees, etc, the fact that a ‘loan’ firm that operates a representative APR 4214% is now sponsoring a football team doesn’t actually come as much of a surprise to me. I suspect Wonga and the Premier League will be happy bedfellows and, if anything, I’m only surprised it took this long.
But, getting back to my buses, it seems to me that the first is more often becoming the way of acquiring the second and third. And this raises some questions:
1/ What happened to saving up for something?
2/ When did we become so desperate for the next thing now?
I don’t know anyone who saves anymore, bar those who are saving for a deposit for a house. There are some who have savings that they add into but not for anything specific (old age, possibly, let’s not go there on pensions) and they will still buy things on a credit card. Now, admittedly, I know very few people with enough income to be able to save some. But also I think it feeds much more into the second question; when we want something we want it now, not next month, not next week, not even tomorrow. Now.
When did this happen? Is it the creeping immediacy of our world? We get annoyed if our phones delay refreshing our social media pages, whereas once we would have waited by the letter box for a week for a letter & been touched if a first class stamp had been used!
So then there’s my third question:
3/ Is this making us happy?
I don’t think so. People queued for hours to get the iPhone 5. And then moaned about it. Of course there are those that are only happy when they’re moaning but I saw & heard much more criticism of the new phone than I did appreciation. Perhaps we should go back to landlines and letters for a few weeks to remind us of all that we do have, instead of finding fault?
I’m no better than anyone else in this. I hate waiting and like the instant gratification of something new. But sometimes we all need to stop and appreciate what we have instead of hankering after the next best thing. As Ferris Bueller says “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Thoughts, as always, sought & appreciated on a comment box-shaped postcard.