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Our Culture of Expectations or How We Keep Ourselves From Really Appreciating Anything

In about a week’s time, I will enter a movie theater with a ridiculously large screen, into a seat I reserved online, to watch a movie announced almost (if not quite) three years ago. This will be a film that conceptually many people have always kind of dreamed of happening but never thought it would for one reason or another. That movie is Batman v Superman : Dawn of Justice.

Ever since the announcement, I have been giddy with excitement to see the film. However, I noticed ever since said announcement, quite a few many people just assuming it will be a terrible piece of work or at the least just having negative things to say (or speculate) about it.  In 2014, this article was published over at WhatCulture. Now many will roll their eyes at the site but for my purposes I feel this kind of generalizing and assuming about the movie was and is rather prevalent.

The fact is, the movie has not been released, so we don’t know if it will be good or bad. People who haven’t seen it are merely assuming  its quality based on the director, actor, studio, characters or  something else. Is it fair? I don’t know. What I do believe is it points to a problem I’ve tended to notice. Often times we build up something so much before it ever happens or is released that we strip away the ability for us to really appreciate it for what it is.

Don’t believe me? Watch what invariably happens whenever news breaks when Apple announces when they will unveil their latest product. Almost right away, in the comments of any article about the unveiling will be comments just assuming whatever will be shown will be terrible, overpriced and lacking technology in existing products. Those people would point to the fact that they believe other Apple products have been “terrible, overpriced and lacking technology in existing products”. That might be true of the past and COULD be the case for the future but truthfully people don’t know and the assumptions only color our judgement.

Who knows what we have missed out on by just having unfair expectations and lazy assumptions? While not the exact thing, it always reminds me of this scene from Parks and Rec:

We live in a wonderful time. Batman and Superman are going to be in a movie, together! Oh and Wonder Woman is gonna be there too being all awesome and whatnot. Yet, going in assuming it will be a terrible, or at best — disappointing is setting your own self up for failure. Why bother if you’re going to sabotage yourself from enjoying what could be something pretty neat? Not everything has to be the BEST thing, sometimes they just need to be fun, or kinda good, or simply worth the time to let yourself live a bit.

I get it. It’s easy to be down on someone or somethings based on the past. Honestly though, it’s a lot less enjoyable.

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