Sometimes it seems as if an entire generation of Americans is growing up without any knowledge of cooking. Many young Americans would probably starve if all the fast food joints closed down. They wouldn’t have a clue how to make their own french fries, burger or taco. They’ll continue to patronize the same establishments, even as they complain that “they never seem to get it right; I specifically said to leave out the tomato!” In their eyes, there are only two options: Ordering prepared food or going hungry.
This attitude goes hand in hand with the “I want it now” mentality so many of us have grown accustomed to. It’s the reason so many minimum-wage workers live off of vending machines and convenience stores rather than take the cheaper, and healthier, route of preparing their own food from what they buy at discount grocery outlets. There was a time when Americans took pride not only in cooking their own meals, but even in growing it themselves. These days, not many can honestly make that claim, nor is it even practical for city-dwellers to do so.
The “I want it now” attitude also applies to matters other than food. For example, diversity. When I want to experience cultural/ racial diversity, I travel to other parts of the world. But this approach will never do for generation “I want it now”. They expect diversity to be delivered to their doorstep, like a pizza or Chinese food. Why go to China when “Chinese” is only a phone-call away? Why go to Mexico when “Mexican” is only a phone-call away?
It is possible that the affluent leftist elite looks upon third-world immigration, and ethnic neighborhoods, as a convenience. Perhaps some of them see it as a way of saving the expense, and inconvenience, of travel. I think this attitude exists among rank and file leftists, while the elites have more nefarious motives.
So many things that used to be the privilege of the well-to-do are now available to the common man. I am grateful that most of us can now enjoy the finer things in life, that the poor among us needn’t live in mud huts and subsist on gruel. That we can all enjoy the music we like anywhere we wish. That we have cheap meat, three dollar bottles of wine and plentiful antibiotics. But please, do not import “diversity” to our doorsteps.