We don’t suffer a cultural malaise due to ‘immediate gratification’ and its ill effects. Rather immediate gratification syndrome is a symptom of our culture because the youth, who are not a part of institutional power (largely because they don’t wish to follow the lead of the clearly inept), suffer because the people who are a part of the power-structure (in all its manifestations—and there is little anymore not beholden to indiscriminate power, and this is, obviously, due in large part to capitalist greed) really do think that they are something special, something better, somehow more deserving, and this repression of talent leads our youth to endeavors such as video games where it is the talent and the skill of the player that matters most.
Because these youth always hear the same thing stated in different ways and when words like this are said (“in any path to leadership there is a process”) there is a denial a priori that anyone could possibly be different, unique, gifted, called, in point of fact better suited (especially when held in comparison to ‘the boss’, ‘admissions’ or ‘human resources’) and above, by talent, experience, and the capacity to dream, the process itself. Human dignity requires us to think of PEOPLE as better and more important than some process or nonsensical law or rule.
Strangely, Jesus Christ himself was a fighter for the people, against capricious, arbitrary and systematic repression, especially the youth, who are not yet brainwashed by the hierarchy of a damned way of life. As a middle aged man I fully support the world becoming ever more like a video game, for in the video game world the skillful youth will triumph and nature will finally be set aright.