I posted something on negativity over on my other blog but I thought I needed to touch on it again here with regard to hobbies.
Without going into the same spiel, I want to say that no matter how much you enjoy a thing, whether it’s a political position or a hobby or anything else, it can always be improved. Nothing is ever perfect and it’s only by examining it critically and rationally, with an eye toward making it better that we actually can make it better. Far too many people want to pretend that there just is nothing bad, everything is great, the world is perfect and can’t be made any better so let’s not even mention the bad, it doesn’t exist.
I point out a lot of places where hobbies can, and in my opinion should, be made better but I’m always met with resistance by people who are ultimately fanatics. Fanaticism is, like it or not, the downfall of most hobbies. So long as you are a fanatic, utterly obsessed with your hobby, you’ve lost any objectivity when it comes to quality. If you love Star Wars and will buy anything that someone stamps a Star Wars logo on, regardless of quality or price, you are part of the problem. If you can’t talk about the issues with a particular franchise because your emotions are clouded with your overwhelming love for that franchise, you are part of the problem.
There are lots of people who are part of the problem.
With action figures, there are lots of people who can’t be bothered with the problems that have existed for years, such as piss-poor case packs, bad quality sculpts, cheap paint applications and an ever-decreasing complexity. Just keep those hunks of badly-formed plastic coming or they’ll go into withdrawal!
How about stamps? Get them by the ton, even if you don’t need them and don’t have the time to look at them! Shove them into albums! Mindlessly support the post office because you can’t imagine new stamps not coming out every five minutes! Buy, buy, buy, buy, buy and then buy some more. That way you can sit around and whine that you can’t recoup on your “investment”.
With board games, it doesn’t matter if the same game has been released a dozen times before with a different name, you have to keep buying! Buy buy buy! Buy everything Kickstarter has to offer at the highest level of commitment so you can have those useless extras that you’ll never look at again!
Birds, let your emotions rule the roost! Don’t worry about what you can afford, don’t worry about what you can reasonably maintain, fill the house from top to bottom with as many birds as you can get, bankrupt yourself with bird toys, fill every second of your day with baking bird bread and other treats, then complain that you’re totally overwhelmed! But wait, there’s another bird in need on Craigslist! Get it!
These are all problems, yet most people just don’t want to talk about them. They want to pretend everything is great, the world is wonderful and nothing could possibly improve their fandoms. People need to be realistic when it comes to their fun and it’s an unfortunate reality that most simply are not. It’s why I don’t fit in anywhere because I am a realistic person and most fanboys hate the realistic. They want to live in a fantasy. That’s not me.
I guess I have to continue being negative because that’s the only way things improve.