Los Angeles is a Dump
Los Angeles Has Become Embarrassing
Los Angeles is a complete and utter dump.
It's economically depressed, gang-ridden, mentally ill, physically run down, earthquake-prone, and just an all-around terrible place to live.
But I love it.
I can't exactly put my thumb on what it is, but there is something about L.A. that is different than the rest of the country. Not just politically or culturally, but something deeply spiritual is happening here.
The cream really does rise to the top.
Everyone you talk to, whether it be writers, videographers, actors, athletes, scientists, skateboarders, whatever it is, everyone acts like they are the next big thing. There's a confidence and narcissism at a level so high that is both repulsive and refreshing.
But their energy is magnetic. It feels real, and it makes me uneasy.
There is an obvious degeneracy here that is rampant and undeniable.
I saw a homeless man near Skid Row that had both of his legs amputated and was living in a shopping cart. He had a sign that said, "will work for love." I gave him a dollar.
This is an extreme city. Even more so than New York. It's not just loads of extremely attractive men and women living alongside their opposites, or the successful and rich living alongside the homeless and mentally ill, but the sheer density of it all combined into one clout-chasing concrete zoo.
I'm really not sure if we should nuke this place or not.
Living here, however, has really made me understand 'what' America really is and 'who' the American dream is being sold to. The ones that matter, the ones that push the boundaries of whatever segment of society they represent, the ones that can lead, persuade, create, and even destroy, they all come to L.A.
Let me be clear.
There is a real sickness and cultural disease that originates here and spreads like wildfire. Los Angeles is the source point of fabricated illusions for the first world.
I'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing.
But if you want to be a part of the last frontier, you have to come to Los Angeles. Experience it for yourself.