This is America, 2008, after all – where schools continue to abolish grades because objective truth hurts dumb students. Add to that reality shows promising fame to the untalented and obscure, or contests rewarding those who mimic playing instead of really playing an instrument –and the line between doing and not doing has been blurred beyond recognition. Throw in the bloggy world of the internet - where real achievement is dwarfed by the moaning sounds of those who can't leave their bedrooms for lack of drive or fresh underwear - and now every one is a star – but no one is good at anything. We are left with a rotted carcass of a culture where the feeling of accomplishment can be derived without accomplishing anything at all.
The only solution, it seems, is to wallow in our fake achievements, and wait for those fanatics who still believe in winning to invade and remind us what it's like to lose.
Nothing like an unpleasant realization to start your day.