My partner and I were talking about the people of California the other day. It stemmed from the fact that it seems like everyone we come across here is out for their own gratification. I don’t think I’ve ever said “It’s all about you” more times in my life than during the past year that I’ve lived here. It sort of makes sense though as sick as that sounds. We’ve started down the road of needing to make a name for ourselves. If you’re not the standout candidate, the close to genius applicant, then you’re not going to get into the top tech companies that line the streets here. It’s just crazy. Every company (tech-wise) you can possibly imagine is here. It only makes sense that everyone come here to make their name, stake their claim in the golden state. But it also makes narcissistic assholes who learn, mostly at a very young age, that in order to get ahead, you have to step on the face of their competition. That’s what we’ve taught the kids turning to technology to make their stake in this world. I’ve never met an executive that’s not a complete asshole so that’s how we learn to get there. Unfortunately, I think, it’s why neither of us will ever make it past being a grunt worker. It’s just not in us. We do have the hope of changing the world, or at least one tech company, that being a leader doesn’t mean shitting on the little people.
With every techy flocking here, it means that no one here is from here. My partner argued that she’s from here. I disagreed saying that just because she was born here doesn’t mean she’s from here. We went round and round for a bit and decided to agree to disagree.
It made me wonder where the people that are actually from here – meaning, they were born, grew up and have roots here – go to since they’re no longer here. California is such a big state, maybe they just disperse to the other 49 states. I guess if you’re not a techy person, there’s not a strong reason to stay here with the huge nerd population.
It’s just sad that everyone is out only for themselves. It makes me angry which, ironically enough, makes me not as empathetic. Hmmm.