Do you know the word of the year? It is "impatience." Impatience has somehow become such a dominant and popular word, and it has reached a high pinnacle without really trying. In fact, impatience has gone so far as to try not to try.
It seems like the word comes up all the time these days, mostly in conjunction with us talking about our lack of time or in reference to the younger generation having dramatic concentration and attention issues.
Then there’s Congress and various federal and state legislatures passing bills filled with crazy additions that no one really has the time to read through in depth, resulting in an abundance of opportunities for the wool to be pulled over the American electorate’s eyes.
So my question is this: How does a word like "impatience" become a champion, become so popular and so dominant when it does everything it can do not to?
In fact, the only work Mr. Impatience has ever really successfully done is to hide behind an acronym for a legitimate disorder, ADT, attention deficit disorder. Admittedly, that was a brilliant maneuver on his part: deflect and redirect.
Recategorizing yourself as a legitimate medical “condition” is like putting yourself in a position to get disability, or a healthy inheritance and it makes everything suddenly OK.
Then again, if you really dig into it, a case can be made that the word "impatience" is really nothing more than a less intrusive and dramatic word for laziness. So maybe the word of the year should be "laziness," instead.
What has really happened here is that impatience has used its chameleon abilities and somehow convinced us that he is simply impatient when, in reality, he is just lazy, proving that impatience is quite an excellent slinger of cow manure, as they say.
Whatever the case, unless we want to experience some sort of societal collapse, we need to kick impatience to the side of the road simply because he is multiplying and breeding all kinds of offspring, including words and movements, such as "enablement" and things that bring about returns without investment.
We talk so much about how the youth of America seem to expect so many rewards without having to put in the time and energy to produce it, as if they were owed something for simply existing.
No doubt great-gramps would roll over in his grave if he saw the cockiness of today’s tatted and pierced teens — at least as it compares to when he was a father and told his half-dozen kids to go do chores and then sit in the corner and be quiet.
So what should we do? I think we need to re-elect a new word of the year. I’d like to nominate the word "persistence." Without that, little or nothing ever gets done.