Yesterday I read an article from Cracked.com called “How ‘The Karate Kid’ Ruined The Modern World” by David Wong. Cracked is primarily a humor website, so I don’t often go into it expecting to come away with a new perspective on life or an altered worldview. So I was a bit taken aback by how prescient this was. In 1984, the main character talks about how the best books tell you what you already know. I don’t know if I necessarily believe that, but this article did a phenomenal job articulating something that I was only vaguely aware of.
Rather than attempting a half-assed summary, here are some quotes for those of you who don’t want to click on the link:
“Every adult I know–or at least the ones who are depressed–continually suffers from something like sticker shock (that is, when you go shopping for something for the first time and are shocked to find it costs way, way more than you thought). Only it’s with effort. It’s Effort Shock.”
“Accomplishing worthwhile things isn’t just a little harder than people think; it’s 10 or 20 times harder.”
“All of it comes back to having those massively skewed expectations of the world. Even the people you think of as pessimists, they got their pessimism by continually seeing the world fail to live up to their expectations, which only happened because their expectations were grossly inaccurate in the first place.”
“The world demands more. So, so much more. How have we gotten to adulthood and failed to realize this? Why would our expectations of the world be so off? I blame the montages. Five breezy minutes, from sucking at karate to being great at karate, from morbid obesity to trim, from geeky girl to prom queen, from terrible garage band to awesome rock band.”
“In the real world, the winners of the All Valley Karate Championship in The Karate Kid would be the kids who had been at it since they were in elementary school. The kids who act like douchebags because their parents made them skip video games and days out with their friends and birthday parties so they could practice, practice, practice.”
Truer words have never been spoken.