Roughing It

November 28, 2009

To expand on my coffee shop comments, I’d like to now discuss sleeves.

If anyone hasn’t noticed: sleeves have become an indispensable staple of daily human life. (Sleeves being the detachable cardboard heat insulator around a cup.)

Have you ever tried to withhold a sleeve from someone drinking a latte? Try it. See what happens.

Apparently, human hands can no longer come in contact with heat of any kind.

If humans are constantly in a stage of adaptation, as many people believe, then that means our bodies are actually changing and molding themselves to a new, dare I say, lazier life of ease.

We have moved from a society built on hard working, outdoorsmen who would much sooner grab their shotgun to kill the rattlesnake in their bathroom than they would turn on their tv to check the stock quotes for the day.

Luxury items are great, don’t get me wrong. I would much rather stay in a nice hotel with all the amenities than the local motel whose vacant sign is always flashing and whose idea of a continental breakfast is a three-day old bagel and orange juice in a box. But the very idea of “roughing it” appears to have moved to the belief of going without a Starbucks for a day.

Another disclaimer I will note here is that I must admit that my idea of “roughing it” and living without the luxuries is far different from, say, my grandparents. Which even more proves the point that we have continued to move farther and farther away from the ideals and lifestyles that made us exceptional, diverse, well-rounded individuals.

What will we be like in 50 years? What will our technological children be like?

And if we all have to have sleeves, can’t we at least reuse them?


One Response to “Roughing It”

  1. Justin said


    I think this is my favorite.

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