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Back in the 80\’s I spent almost an entire day going from Greenhills to Makati and finally to Cubao just look look for a copy of Marvel Team Up #150 with a cover by Barry Windsor Smith. It was a long, hard day, full of frustration, sweat and spent money. I finally found a copy of it at National Book Store in Ali Mall. It felt like a victory. It felt like triumph. All the hardship that went into it was worth it.

Today it\’s so easy to get a copy, specially if you\’re into digital. You just punch a few buttons from the comfort of your air conditioned room and within a minute, you have a copy in your iPad.

If you want a hard copy, you can just just punch in a few buttons at Mile High Comics from the comfort of your air conditioned bedroom and within a few days the copy is at your doorstep.

The younger generation is deprived of the thrill of the hunt, and the euphoria of finding it. And I feel bad for them because it\’s an experience that\’s not only fun, it also builds strength of character. If you work hard for something you want, the rewards, and the experience you get from it have much more value.

It\’s too late to go back to how it was in the 80s of course. It would be idiotic of anyone to assume that\’s what I want.

But this generation has to find other ways, alternate ways of making you work hard for what you want. They need to have that experience. This age of convenience has has made it possible to have a soft and entitled generation. A generation who always had it easy. A generation who never had to work hard for anything. A generation who believes that\’s how things are and that they\’re entitled to it. The danger of this for future generations is something I cannot even imagine.


6 Responses to “Soft and Entitled”

  1. Jose on May 19th, 2014 9:02 am

    Absolutely right Kuya Gerry! I like the thrill of the hunt going from store to store, city to city looking for that one specific issue/action figure and going home satisfied. Kids will never know this joy.

  2. trebornoican on May 19th, 2014 10:14 am

    Randam na randam ko bossing.
    ako naalala ko nung 90’s sa amin
    sa tarlac. kung saan-saan akong lugar
    napapapunta sa pagbili at sa kakahanap ng
    Rock & Rhythm Magazine hehe!

  3. Mark on May 19th, 2014 11:05 am

    Back then not only collecting and searching for the comic books, but also the hut for toys minus the hoarders and online sellers.

    There’s nothing bad about today like what you said there is no thrill in getting what you really want anymore because there are convenient ways. They took away the “fun” to look for something you want that you spent for your well saved baon (lunch money), sweat and travel.

  4. Paul Garcia on May 19th, 2014 6:46 pm

    I feel bad on people whose knowledge come primarily from the internet (google, wiki, and other search engines) and pass as KNOWLEDGE and FACTS. Granted, internet is reliable IF they are very hard to find or caught in a tight schedule (oh, the manana habit). But, as you say, “where’s the fun” on doing it the old-fashioned searching the issues (and to that extent, literature and other sought-after materials) in every corner of the cities. Heck, I learn the actual environs of the places I go (google map may help, but ultimately, it’s just merely a tool). I exercise more while traveling from one place to another. In events, they taught us to discipline ourselves to wake up early and go to the place. And most importantly, we meet new people, similar individuals who also share our comic passion and interests. Commenting in the internet is actually dull in the long-run. Great insights, maestro.

  5. DJ on May 27th, 2014 3:16 pm

    another thing i don’t like about today’s readers is the trade waiting mentality. i always had this mixed bag of emotions whenever i finish an issue of X-Men or (my favorite comic of the early 90’s) New Warriors. it made waiting for the next issue exciting. i do understand the appeal of having an entire story in one book. heck, i buy trades, too. but getting your favorite comic once a month will always be the best way to read comics for me.

  6. Francis on June 7th, 2014 10:21 am

    Hi Gerry! I agree with you about the scary future of the “Now” Generation. The sin of the society now is that we want everything done now. Shortcuts, shortcuts and more shortcuts.

    Will this be reversed? Will we need go back to 0? Or restart?