Everyone I Know is Brokenhearted

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Josh Ellis is a Web Designer and Author who publishes the Blog Zenarchery.com.Recently, Josh published an Essay titled “Everyone I Know is Brokenhearted“, which has Gone Viral on the net.Above, you will find the Interview we did with Josh discussing this blog, as well as the numerous underlying causes for the Heartbreak so evident now in many people.Below, an excerpt from the Blog.

For the full article, visit Zenarchery.com

All the genuinely smart, talented, funny people I know seem to be miserable these days. You feel it on Twitter more than Facebook, because Facebook is where you go to do your performance art where you pretend to be a hip, urbane person with the most awesomest friends and the best relationships and the very best lunches ever. Facebook is surface; Twitter is subtext, and judging by what I’ve seen, the subtext is aching sadness.

I’m not immune to this. I don’t remember ever feeling this miserable and depressed in my life, this sense of futility that makes you wish you’d simply go numb and not care anymore. I think a lot about killing myself these days. Don’t worry, I’m not going to do it and this isn’t a cry for help. But I wake up and think: fuck, more of this? Really? How much more? And is it really worth it?

In my case, much of it stems from my divorce and the collapse of the next relationship I had. But that’s not really the cause. I think that those relationships were bulwarks, charms against the dark I’ve felt growing in this world for a long time now. When I was in love, the world outside didn’t matter so much. But without it, there is nothing keeping the wolf from the door.

It didn’t used to be like this when I was a kid. I’m not getting nostalgic here, or pretending that my adolescence and my twenties were some kind of soft-focused Golden Age. Life sucked when I was young. I was unhappy then too. But there was always the sense that it was just a temporary thing, that if I stuck it out eventually the world was going to get better — become awesome, in fact.

But the reality is that the three generations who ended the 20th century, the Boomers, their Generation X children, and Generation Y, have architected a Western civilization that’s kind of a shit show. Being born in 1978, I fall at either the tail end of Gen X or the beginning of Gen Y, depending on how you look at it. I became an adolescent at the time Nirvana was ushering in a decade of “slacker” ideology, as the pundits liked to put it. But the reality is that I didn’t know a whole lot of actual slackers in the 1990s. I did know a lot of people who found themselves disillusioned with the materialism of the 1980s and what we saw as the failed rhetoric of the Sixties generation, who were all about peace and love right until the time they put on suits and ties and figured out how to divide up the world. I knew a lot of people who weren’t very interested in that path…

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6 Responses to Everyone I Know is Brokenhearted

  • Mister Roboto says:

    Yep and yeppers. I think a lot of this feeling comes from this never-ending “waiting for the other shoe to drop” that we’ve been experiencing for the last few years.

  • http://zenarchery.com/2014/08/everyone-i-know-is-brokenhearted/

    I agreed with that, on its superficial level. However, things are actually way worse than how that essay presents the problems, which were most typified by its discussion of the events on 9/11/2001 not more directly addressing the facts that 9/11 was the most spectacular symbol of the ways that wars based on deceits back up debt slavery. I agreed with how people diffusely become intuitively aware that things overall are getting worse, faster, and gradually are forced to come to the conclusions that there appears to be no practical way to prevent that from continuing … Of course, that results in some sense of being brokenhearted!

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey, I think becoming a man who goes his own way may be beneficial to you. Check out this forum:

    http://www.goingyourownway.com

  • SomeoneInAsia says:

    This gentleman took the words right out of my mouth with his reflections on the sorry state of affairs that the modern world has become. (In particular I just can’t agree more with his observations on modern music.) The only problem I find here is the inexplicable silence on the issue of resource depletion, which we all know is virtually the single most important cause of the malaise which this piece otherwise so eloquently expresses — its profusion of four-letter expletives notwithstanding.

  • Kim Eakin says:

    Good grief what a crybaby rant of BS!! You think this sort of behavior started in the last few decades? Humans have been behaving exactly like they do today since day one. The attitude and lifestyle you project in your whining rant is that of a total sheeple. You are the “citizen” type TPTB have wet dreams about. ” Oh my, things are so awful, but what can I do?” Well, dude, for starters you could grow a spine. Ever hear of dealing with the cards you are dealt? Do you think the world is changing for the worse? Then get off you whiny butt and either attempt to change the situation, or prepare for the consequences. Humans have been exploiting, killing, maiming, subverting, and just plain screwing each other for as long as there have been humans. You cry like a baby and state you have thoughts of suicide frequently. Sheesh what a wuss. In your bio pic you appear to have two eyes, two ears, all your limbs, and possess overall functionality. What about all the humans that don’t even have the basic properly functioning body that you have? Think about it little girly man……you are one of the lucky ones.

  • Mister Roboto says:

    😛 😛 😛 😛 @Kim Eakin: MKing? Is that you? 😛 😛 😛 😛

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