Opinion
By Séamus Smyth

 Today’s youth have offered another piece of primary evidence of intellectual decline with the half-baked, mass-usage of the acronym, “YOLO.” The term, coined by rapper Drake, stands for “you only live once”, a saying that preceded decades before the emergence of Drizzy, but with its latest facelift, it has caught on to the social media world.

The hash tag #YOLO is particularly popular on Twitter as hundreds of fatuous tweets have rolled in demonstrating one’s lust for partaking in activities that demonstrate a conviction that he or she firmly believes that one only gets a singular kick at the can. The full bear-hug that the current generation has embraced this mantra with is concerning because it the exact opposite of how men and women should be conducting themselves in this new era of fiscal cliffs and trillion dollar debts.

Whether or not humans only live once or actually reincarnate into their favourite colour of butterfly is irrelevant. The issue is that “YOLO” is a deadbeat excuse to partake in irresponsible behaviour just because of the off chance that the carpet underneath one’s feet could be lifted at any minute. As we have seen over and over, the sun will rise again. The world didn’t end December 21, 2012. And it probably won’t end tomorrow either.  Yet with YOLO on the brain,  maxing out the credit card, robbing a village, or driving blindfolded suddenly sound like spectacular ideas because Armageddon could be a mere lunch-break away. Although life may be a singular entity, that one shot at joy on planet Earth can actually feel incredibly long and painful if poor choices are consistently made.

Rather than planning to die next week and throwing caution out the window, optimism should be sought and one should look to be setting into a long, and more importantly, responsible way of living.

You only live once preaches poor decisions and serves as a snub to the future. Rather than saving our precious nickels and dimes, they are being blown on shots of Patron, because, hey, “you never know when you’re gonna go.” We do not live in a Jerry Bruckheimer movie, meaning we all can’t die in a burning Ferrari sailing off a mountain into the Pacific Ocean. We live in a world where we are inundated with bills, rent costs more than ever before, and the world at large is starring bankruptcy straight in the retina.

Rather than preaching brevity and outlandish quotes that glamourize James Dean’s live fast, die young routine, we should be hailing to a wiser and much more pragmatic line of words; put some money away for a rainy day.

To find somebody not in debt is to find somebody who hasn’t heard of Bieber fever. You only live once, but it sure feels like a painful death when one is surrounded by bills like a pack of hyenas. Rather than making idiotic decisions, “YOLO” should instead strike a thunderous chord of responsibility in all of us.

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