“Culture is adhering to a fast food philosophy of life. Namely: I want what I want when I want it, until the next thing comes along.” —the anonymous novelist
Hey everyone! Welcome back. Before we dive in, let me explain some of the context for this post. I’m in San Antonio for a Christian film festival; I already feel like a fish-out-of-water; a lone novelist in see of Idie Filmmakers. Beyond that, in between movie showing schedules at the epicenter of all things Perspective and Art in Christian film, myself and older brother went to get breakfast at McDonald’s, (not a fan of the food, can’t beat the drink prices).
Anyway, as soon as you walk into the McDonald’s here in San Antonio you will see this sign.
We live in a world where people want things fast. There’s an expectation of instantaneous service; all things by inherent right, nothing by endowment. We’ve got an epidemic of indulgence and selfish interest. But, every good and perfect gift comes from above.
Whatever happened to “Good things come to those who wait”? Our culture is moving quickly, succombing to a lifestyle that is less self-motivated and self-oriented, and more about a progressive thought where no individual matters. When we limit our interaction for the sake of commerce we have lost sight of the communal aspect of being humans. The greatest dependency of humans is their dependency upon each other. I get why a San Antonio McDonald’s might need to be more strict than a Columbus, OH McDonald’s for the sake of efficiency as a business. But, it’s a pattern, a common thread woven through the fabric of our culture as humans.
The McDonald’s culture in which we live is one where progress of society is the only goal. The individuality of a person is irrelevant aside from their contribution to the community. But, where is the life in that?
Only when we slow down and truly seek to know each other on a personal level, will we ever be able to make real change, real progress, and find real life.
As always, thanks for reading.
–the anonymous novelist