Pet peeves. We’ve all got them. By definition they are usually simple, low-key things that for one reason or another just drive us crazy.
The common ones are obvious – interrupting others, not indicating on the roads, and not filling the kettle when you’re done with it.
Ok, that last one might not be too common of a pet peeve, but it’s still damn annoying.
That’s not what I’m writing about though. At least not today. I am writing about something that really grinds my gears. Something that turns me from someone willing to get stuck in giving a helping hand or a listening ear.
It’s a peeve that will obviously perceive to peeve me profusely (that was fun to type).
That peeve, is a lack of thought.
I don’t expect anyone to know everything. Hell, I expect most people to know just as much as me – next to nothing. And if someone comes to me looking for some help or advice with something that happens to fall within the very narrow window of things I do know something about, I’ll without doubt get stuck in helping and teaching.
That is, so long as they have shown some sort of interest in figuring it out themselves.
There are few things I hate more than someone coming to me with a problem that a quick google could have easily solved. Or even worse – coming back to me with a real simple one I helped them solve in the past.
Now alright, some problems are difficult and some people do struggle with certain things. Not everyone is as well versed in the yeast filtration system James’ Gate brewery uses for their ale’s and larger, and that’s a pretty niche example. But heaven on earth it doesn’t take an expert to know that the first step to troubleshooting a router that’s acting up is to turn it off an on again.
People say that the world is doomed because the youth of today don’t think for themselves. That the internet has them ruined.
I both agree and disagree.
I agree that the internet has that effect. That if people cannot find the answer after spending half a second on google or by posting the question on Facebook, they just give up. Which is odd, given that the internet should have the opposite effect.
On the other hand I disagree because I don’t think that this problem is isolated to the youth; it’s just that the older people have more ‘pre-internet’ life experience making them seem somewhat competent.
In any case, I think we’re on the way to having a pretty serious problem. And f we don’t start thinking for ourselves and trying to solve our problems, learning from them before handing them off, then we’re going to end up in a pretty dangerous place.
A pretty damn dangerous place indeed.