By the time they reach my age, most people look back on their lives and wonder what was it all about? Most people sooner or later ask the question “why am I here?”….. I like to think I’m here to make a difference. Even though I’m almost certainly not doing it on any sort of important scale, I at least like to think I’ve had some impact on some people’s lives….
Looking around, one could easily be led to believe we are here to consume. After all, are we not constantly referred to as “consumers” in the media? Whose job it is to convince us to consume and consume…? Forever. Sorry, but I don’t buy it.
Are there any alternatives to work? Even if there are, people are so busy working that they may never have the time to find them. It was this line from Not Buying Anything that prompted me to write this entry. As you probably appreciate by now, I love rattling peoples’ cages, I love to wake them up from their torpor, I love to make them realise there are alternative realities to the Matrix where they live…..
The look on some people’s faces when I tell them I’ve only “worked” for six months since ~1992 (over twenty years now…) is priceless. Glenda is absolutely convinced her sibblings think her mother subsidises our lifestyle….. whereas in fact we live on the smell of the proverbial oily rag. I could personally live on even less……. but women have a special relationship with money, they love to spend it! This is no way critical in substance, I believe it’s just an observation.
Gregg Koep, the owner of Not Buying Anything, writes “”Get a hair cut, and get a job” is understood as not only the right thing to do, but the only thing to do.” I haven’t been to a hairdresser for well over twenty years I just realised upon reading that…. though of course both Glenda and her (88 yo) mother cannot do without “nice hair”…. I hasten to add I don’t have waist length dreadlocks, Glenda’s been cutting it most efficiently for a very long time and has saved us many thousands of dollars by now I imagine… Nor am I critical of women wanting to look nice. And the last two jobs I applied for I got at the first interview… So I’m not useless.
It never ceases to amaze me though how most people think that if you are not “working” you must be bludging off the Matrix. Whereas I believe the Matrix is bludging off us.
For overseas readers:
verb, bludged, bludg·ing, noun Australian.verb (used with object)1. to shirk.2. to impose on (someone).noun3. an easy task.