I was thinking about PeteForester's comment on a post last week about the fact that, unlike the original fairy tales, everything now has a happy ending.
It was one of those self evident truths that it took me a minute to think about. "Wait a minute....no, no, he is right".
Think about it. Every children's story - every one - ends in happiness now. Disney has made an entire industry out of happy endings. I assume (I have not watched one in years) that television shows are the same, or at least they insure everything can be resolved within 50 minutes. Books perhaps end not well any more, but even those are not nearly as common as I suspect.
Part of this is human nature, of course: we want happy endings. Live is pretty not happy - for some of us in small ways, for some of us in big ways. We all experience disappointment. We like to believe that things will work out, but often they do not.
But there is a profound difference between wanting things to end well and demanding they do.
It is similar to losing. We have raised a generation that does not truly appreciate that sometimes one does not win and that even though one does not win, one still has to carry on. Instead, there is wailing of voices and gnashing of teeth, cries of "unfair" and "rigged system".
The same is true of happy endings. We now demand that everything work out right, well for everyone, perhaps with a lovely song at the end and soaring end theme. When it does not, we somehow feel that life has cheated us.
Understand, there is a world out there that does not suffer from this as we do. They grasp that loses occur and that only through perseverance and hard work will one reach the point where one can win and one's ending can be happy.
These are the ones that will succeed in the new era. The rest will be crouched at home, living on the remnants, loudly bemoaning the fact that life is unfair and that they were cheated.
They are correct in one sense. Life is unfair and things can end not well. But it is up to us to change that, not wait for the world to notice and care.