Living life day in and day out, seemingly the exact same days over and over; repetition. Over and over, ostensibly existing in what we call our lives; Sometimes the day’s drag but the older we get the faster time seems to fly.
As adults all too often our lives become so structured. Ding, Ding, Ding; the alarm clock rings. We get out of bed, go about whatever our morning routine is; For me it’s usually a frantic rush to get ready for work and make it there on time. Off to work we go and mostly do the same things that we did the day before. The clock ticks 5 and off we are to scurry back home to enjoy what little bit of actual free time we have in our lives.
It’s easy to fall into a rut of sorts living life this way and it can’t help but make you wonder; Is this how we are really meant to live?
Our lives are so controlled by money, pieces of paper or numbers on a screen with no truly tangible value; No value other than that which we place on it. We’re manipulated by the system into thinking that there actually is one. The basis of our world, as we know it, and the societies in which we live are truly just fabrications. Yes, we have buildings and people holding positions in government, those things are tangible; But all of the law, doctrine, culturally defined expectations – none of that is tangible. It only truly exists in our minds, enforced by those in positions of power. I can’t help but believe that all of this is just an elaborately structured illusion.
Most of us have jobs, or careers if it is something that you intend to pursue for the forseeable future. But why do we need to have jobs? It’s a simple question and there’s an equally simple answer; As adults we have to support ourselves or our families if you have one. So because of that we’re bound to money and the expectations of society; yet again, bound by a fictional system. Say you work 40 to 50 hours a week, and at the end of the work week you’re given a paycheck. Most of us get so excited to see those numbers when we check our bank accounts or look at our check-stubs. But what about it is truly real. When you buy something with cash you’re essentially handing another person a piece of paper, or to be more exact a slip comprised roughly of 75% cotton and 25% linen. How exactly does that give it value beyond the raw materials in which it’s actually made of? We no longer have the gold and silver standard, so our money isn’t backed by anything. It’s simply notes given value by the illusion of society.
All of the aspects of society are meant to be control mechanisms. Unfortunately most people in the world are on the bottom of the totem pole, and for good reason. A poor society tends to be mostly an ignorant society. Why is this good? Because it’s a means of domination driven by the greed of our fellow man, the ones at the top of the metaphorical totem pole. By keeping the large majority of a society poor the rich hold the reins. Ignorance breads complacency, and an ignorant and complacent workforce is what they desire.
“How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 8:30 a.m. by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so? ”
A famous quote by Charles Bukowski; If you’ve heard of him and read any of his works you likely know he was a rather cynical bastard. But at the same time there is quite a bit of truth to his writing. I just wish that I could wake up at 8:30 AM before I had to rush off to work! 5 AM is my wake up call.
Much of my cynicism towards the world was derived from this personal realization about life; Note that I say personal realization, because for others this may just seem like a bunch of bullshit.
I’d say most people if they truly think about it would say that our system is severely fucked. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we should quit our jobs and live on the streets like a caveman, but with this realization we can use it to eventually create the world that we want; Even if it is just the world around us.
The system is flawed in so many different ways that it is impossible to repair. Not just the system being referred to above, the whole world is broken. There is so much greed, hate, and lack of compassion for our fellow humans. But how exactly do you go about getting away from it?
That is a question that I don’t have an answer for exactly, but I do have some tips that have helped me greatly. First of all, I cut off basically all my access to social media. All but this website, my Facebook page and the community that is linked to it, as well as my twitter account; But I don’t use any of them to follow anything other than what other people have written on the aforementioned sites. I also only interact with the people who follow me on WordPress, Facebook, and Twitter.
I realized quite a while ago that I had no idea why I was reading so much about other people’s lives that I hadn’t interacted with in so many years. None of it was relevant to my life anymore. Most of the people on my Facebook I no longer desired to be in contact with, so why would I care what they had to say, or post? I felt like so much of what people shared on Facebook was driven solely for their own personal ego; It is just a gigantic egotistical circle-jerk.
So much of what is shared and spread around on social media platforms like Facebook is simply false information. It’s misinformation designed to fool the ignorant and make them believe something that simply isn’t true. Much of this misinformation is related to politics, racial or cultural hate, and simply falsified stories created to catch the eye of the viewer.
I metaphorically cut the cord to Facebook quite some time ago. In the beginning I’d reach for my phone as I used to do before realizing that I no longer had the app installed, but after some time I didn’t even think about it; Or care that it existed for that matter. And I can tell you personally, my life was far better without it.
I also stopped following American News and Politics because lets all be honest here, it really is a shit-show. It’s like watching a really bad reality TV series. It literally only exists to show the vast population all of the singular bad events that happen throughout the country or world, then put their spin on it in order to produce fear, hate, or disdain. It is used so intentionally to divide us by the means of sensationalism. After removing myself from the show, my life, much the same as when I cut the cord to social media, improved greatly.
Don’t get me wrong, I still follow the important things going on in the world but from an actual world perspective; Not the all too often misleading Americanized perspective.
There’s a lot going on in this blog post, I admit. Talking about society and its fabrications, cutting the cord from social media and misleading News outlets. I’m trying to make a point here. All of these things are control mechanisms, and the “world” want’s you to buy into them: But you don’t have to.
You as the individual should decide what you believe is right or wrong, you should do your own research on what is happening in this country and also around the world, and you should decide what kind of life you want to live. One of the most powerful tools we as humans have is the ability to think rationally, don’t let somebody else do the thinking for you; You should decide what you believe in this life and also what you want out of it.
I apologize if this post is a little scattered, as I’ve said recently my brain has been feeling a little like an egg in an egg beater. It’s been harder for me recently to write down my thoughts and make them flow in a linear manner. I usually can sit down and write an entire entry in one sitting, but this one probably took me over a week.
For me, I intend to continue on with my career because for one, I have to pay bills; And also, they pay me good money for what I do, especially for somebody of my age with no college degree. But eventually, I want to find a small-ish piece of land, build a small home on it, deck it out with green energy like solar panels and a few windmills, farm the land, raise livestock and chickens, and eventually have the means to live independantly from the world around me. That is my goal and once it is reached, I will no longer need to continue on with my career.
That is my personal answer for escaping the grind and illusion of everyday society. For many of you it could be completely different, and that’s completely okay. That is your decision to make, and some of you may enjoy the rat race of life; If that’s the case then by all means, that is your choice to make.
My Love and Best Wishes, Always.
A Half Broken Mind