ENLIGHTENED TRIP TO NOWHERE
A Steady Paycheck to Distract You from the Obvious
BY THE POLSKI SAMURAI I JULY 22, 2008
The United States is at War, the economy is in the toilet (but not a recession from the so called experts), and Decision '08 is approaching sooner than ever. Wow. It gets me so worked up I want to spend my economic stimulus check on a brand new puppy. The news is so redundant now it’s hard to find or see a solution in the distance. Every time you refill your gas tank, every time you see Obama or McCain speak, every time you know someone who has lost their job, it becomes a rhetorical message of emptiness. The cycle continues day in and day out and what do the common citizens show for it? They simply go on with their daily lives earning enough money to live comfortably and never be informed about the truths that are right in front of us.
I guess I’m in one of my funks and needed to get some things off my chest. I apologize if this was a ranting and raving festival, but it’s good to randomly speak your mind from time to time. I guess I’m just tired of routine and money and politics. If you wish to leave any comments please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will gladly post them at the end of this article.
Whoever decided to place the average working American in a cubicle? The human race did not evolve so it could stare at a computer for eight hours a day. We get these jobs in order to survive. Over eighty percent of the working class hate their jobs but still continue to work out of fear, laziness, and consistency. There are also those who complain or have excuses, but they themselves have nothing to show for it. People expect everything to come to them. If you want something you have to earn it...simple as that. I always said I truly believed that you can become anything you want to in life. The problem is not getting down the road but figuring out which way to go. Find out what your passion is and go after it.
I recently read a story at CNN.com about a middle-aged Bosnian woman who pretty much has one of the largest burdens one can handle. You can read the story here if you wish. This was a perfect example of what my mind goes through every time I hear someone get pissed off about school or about how their life is so unfair. It could always be worse, and hopefully that story slapped a few people cross the cheek. We go through our lives earning peanuts while corporate executives sit on their throne sweeping away the unnecessary waste. We are told what to do by our governments, jobs, and superiors just so we can look forward to eighteen holes this Sunday. It’s our little paradise and slight taste of hope for retirement when we’ll be too old to fully enjoy our life accomplishments. In some countries people are working minimum sixty-hour weeks on thirty-five cents an hour. I guess it can’t be all that bad waiting to see what Britney Spears new haircut is like.
I may sound hypocritical but by hopefully writing this, hopefully I’m realizing what I’m doing. I am a young white male who grew up in upper middle class white suburbia, but at least I’m aware of this. I do not take my own two hands and feet for granted, and I try to involve myself with the outside world as much as possible. I listen to public radio to and from work and browse CNN's website on a regular basis, but I’m not trying to become anything I’m not. I give into my interests of comic books, video games, and movies, but I appreciate that I have the opportunity to do so.
"It rocks. Brilliant. It says everything I feel and cannot say.
People get so caught up in right and wrong, right and left, the so-called
two party system, and they fail to see that the dems and pubs are in bed
together. Distract, distract, distract. As long as we keep busting it by
day, getting our Soma fix by evening, we'll be happy to let them keep
shafting us. I'm out there with my signs, writing letters when I feel the
spirit move me, but I also live with the knowledge that it will never be
enough... and it never will until more people are uncomfortable enough to
come out of their stupor. Nicely written."