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Wagamama: Selfishness at it’s finest

Wagamama – noun, Japanese. an emotional disorder marked by childlike behavior, emotional outbursts, lack of feelings, and negative attitude.

This word describes a lot of people right now. One of them might be me. But this is the rampant behavior and culture that is rapidly adapted by most young people nowadays.  SELFISHNESS. EXTREME UNCONTROLLED SPOILED BRATTINESS. It is an attitude that I think should quickly be changed and forgotten or it will cause mass-destruction (not in the physical level) but in the emotional/mental level of people. The word in itself is has two different sides in two opposite sides of the spectrum.

On one end, there is the Childlike Behavior, with emotional outbursts part where people can be described as spoiled brats. Brats who don’t really care what others feel or what others think, just as long as they get what they want, when they want and where they want it. I’ve seen it everywhere- at work, at school, in the mall, even at home. People are impatient – all they want is instant gratification everywhere. If they wan’t coffee, there’s 3-in-one. If they want food, there’s fast food. If they want to lose weight, liposuction. If they want boobs – boobjob! If they want a girlfriend, no one ever courts a girl at home anymore, text and chat – sometimes even less. INSTANT GRATIFICATION.

It’s the I WANT IT NOW attitude that is killing me. This kind of attitude reminds me of Veruca Salt from Charlie and the Chocolate factory. You know, that bratty girl who wants everything NOW. She was a rich, spoiled brat and her daddy can afford it!

Though not all of us is as rich as she is, I think we are all guilty of having a little Veruca Salt in our veins. We all have our I WANT IT NOW moments and get away with it. We all have that little spoiled brat in our heads. The little spoiled brat who cries a little and gets away with it. I know I have abused those powers quite a few times. I am guilty as charged.

There was a time that if you want something, you work hard for it and it makes getting that thing even more worth it, right? It’s nice when things are handed to you on a silver platter, but what’s the use of that, things that are handed to us hand and foot have lesser value than things we actually put our sweat blood and tears into. I mean, I think I take care of the things I work hard for more than the things that are just handed to me. It’s the memory of the  saving up for it and the feeling of pure victory when we get it. It’s the best feeling in the world.  Why can’t we just have more moments like those?

On the other side of the spectrum, there is the lack of feelings, and negative attitude part of the definition.  Maybe this is the result of the former, where in  once we are spoiled, we become complacent. Complacency is the result of apathy and negativity. Once we get all that we want, we tend to think that there can’t be anything better than this hence, we become negative.

Since we are comfortable and have nothing to complain about, we start not caring about other people. We start being apathetic losers.  Ask kids nowadays about the news and they would give you a blank stare and answer:

It doesn’t concern me. It’s not my problem. Why should I care?

This is the general attitude of young people today. In a world where they see corruption an adults being selfish they start emulating them and start thinking that even if they do something it wouldn’t make a difference. We start not caring. Period. We start concerning  ourselves with things that are to benefit us only.  The things happening around us affect us. It is the circle of life. We have to learn how to give to the community for us to have the lifestyle we want.

This is the time to be active.  There is something wrong, there is need for action. We can’t just sit back and do nothing.  It’s important that we, the youth do something.

It IS our problem. It DOES concern us. We should care.

It is for our future. Not our parents. It is for the children’s future. We should be proactive or we just killed our world.  I don’t mean go and campaign. I just mean that one should be informed about the things happening now in the world and not just in some silly game or the latest episode of Agua Bendita orTanging Yaman or for those not watching those, Gossip Girl or Chuck.

There is no harm in clicking on the news or watching the news. There is no harm in getting information. In fact, since we are going the selfish route, it is COOL and IN to know about things right now. At least you look smarter than you really are.

If we can do something about it, why not? Let us not be poster children of being Wagamama. We are way better than that.

Sometimes all it takes is a voice, one voice that becomes a hundred, then a thousand, unless it’s silenced.

– Brian Denton NEWSIES


A 30 something fangirl, writer, artist and dreamer, a princess by day and ninja by night who believes in magic, true love and wants to change the world one brush stroke at a time. Marikit is a self-taught artist learning more about art and the world around her.

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