Everyone I know is brokenhearted

5 08 2014

I just came across this most amazing rant by Josh Ellis.  It reputedly garnished well over 21,000 ‘likes’ on FB, so I can only guess it really resonates with lots of people……

 

Read the entire rant at http://zenarchery.com/2014/08/everyone-i-know-is-brokenhearted/

 

Some excerpts…… and a warning, he knows how to lash out with the language……..

All the genuinely smart, talented, funny people I know seem to be miserable these days. You feel it on Twitter more than Facebook, because Facebook is where you go to do your performance art where you pretend to be a hip, urbane person with the most awesomest friends and the best relationships and the very best lunches ever. Facebook is surface; Twitter is subtext, and judging by what I’ve seen, the subtext is aching sadness.

What do you do when you first wake up? What do you do as soon as you get into work? After work? Before bed? Hell, some of us wake up in the night and check our feeds, terrified that we’ve missed out on something.

And that’s where we are. You, me, we’re trapped, between being nothing more than consumers, every aspect of our lives quantified and turned into demographic data, or being fucking Amish cavemen drifting into increasing irrelevancy. Because it really does feel like there’s no middle ground anymore, doesn’t it? There’s no way to stay an active, informed citizen of the world without some motherfucker figuring out a way to squirm into your life to try and get a dollar out of you. Only fools expect something for free, and only bigger fools believe they’re anything other than a consumable or a consumer.

I know a lot of people who privately long for an apocalypse of some kind, a breakdown of the ancient Western code, because then they’d either be dead or free. How fucking horrifying is that?

I don’t believe anymore that the answer lies in more or better tech, or even awareness. I think the only thing that can save us is us. I think we need to find ways to tribe up again, to find each other and put our arms around each other and make that charm against the dark. I don’t mean in any hateful or exclusionary way, of course. But I think like minds need to pull together and pool our resources and rage against the dying of the light. And I do think rage is a component that’s necessary here: a final fundamental fed-up-ness with the bullshit and an unwillingness to give any more ground to the things that are doing us in. To stop being reasonable. To stop being well-behaved. Not to hate those who are hurting us with their greed and psychopathic self-interest, but to simply stop letting them do it. The best way to defeat an enemy is not to destroy them, but to make them irrelevant.

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6 responses

5 08 2014
Damon

Reblogged this on Awakestate.

5 08 2014
A. L. Luttrell

General population has been dumbed down, everyone is sleep walking. I agree with you, time to wake up.

5 08 2014
Susmind

Capitalism will destroy itself by destruction of the planets ecological commons.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend, therefore capitalism is my friend.
But then the destruction of the planets ecological commons means the extinction of humans !
Oh well, we have achieved our desires, our destiny, our mark in geological & evolutionary history.
The only thing left to do is make our markings on history stone slabs & bury them when they have a chance of being discovered in 10 million years.

6 08 2014
Nathan A

Wow, quite a listless diatribe.

I think this is illustrative of the way that some/many people are beginning to face the failure of our present cultural narratives to explain reality. As John Michael Greer notes, the myths to which we currently cling have been shaped for a time of energy and wealth growth, not the present and future decline we face.

Narratives more suited to a time of decline will eventually take centre stage, but before then we feel powerless, like the floor is collapsing below us.

Where I disagree is the necessity of “rebellion”. Better to act, as he suggests. Build community, build resilience, provide models of lower-energy living. This could take a great number of forms.

The author’s reference to grunge reminds me of the Pearl Jam lyric:
“The ocean is full ’cause everyone’s crying.” – I Am Mine

6 08 2014
Alex Jones

Change always start with self. The individual is the creator of their own lives.

16 08 2014
Chris H

Nietzsche pronounced that God was dead and all the world rejoiced. We were free – no longer accountable.

Maybe now we are turning the price tag over to see that if we’re no longer accountable, then we also no longer count.

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