Thursday, November 23, 2017


I spend a lot of time thinking about existence, yours and mine and everyone else, how the modern world has turned most of us into hamster's on a wheel, rat's in a race, how the so-called demands of modern life have dangled so many carrots in front of us that we loose sight of the fact that we are allotted X number of days and minutes and hours and how that time is the most valuable thing we have and yet we give it away so cheaply to the Masters of Capitalism and Consumerism, and arguments will be made that one needs food and shelter and clothes and those arguments are valid and invalid at the same time, yes we need those things but how much of those things do we need? how is it that in this empire in decline people are going hungry and yet somehow 40% of the usable food is being shipped to the landfill?

Stephen Hawking has just told us we have 600 years before the Earth is a ball of uninhabitable flame.  Of course no one alive today gives a shit because we'll all be non-entities in 600 years, our children will be, our grandchildren will, our great-grandchildren will be, so like most things we furrow our brows and tut-tut but we're not really concerned, look 600 years in reverse and the place i sit now was a massive forest inhabited by nature and a race of people who had no words for garbage or jail because they didn't exist in their culture, can i really call the modern world progress? science and medicine have done some amazing things while also giving us the ability to annihilate the planet with the touch of a button or the dropping of a petri dish...

Across the planet Corporate Oligarchs have ditched the facade and come out from behind their curtain, they are the class of the super-rich and while they don't really give a shit if you live or die if you so happen to choose to live they'd like to tell you how you should do it, most of these people believe in this holy book or that holy book and want you to believe that this book and their exulted place as the uber-wealthy give them the divine right to dictate to you the terms of your existence, of course the only god they truly pray to is the Money God, the rest is so much window dressing, mainly they just want obedience and subservience... they want to keep you busy, be it work or chasing the fantasy of affluence, it's what they've been selling us since Roman Wood was the official sponsor of the Crucifixion...

What happens when the sole purpose of people existence becomes the accumulation of gold and goods?  No one is immune to it, we get addicted to things, we get addicted to collecting things, it's what happens in a culture driven by consumption, the system would topple we're told, get out and spend! accumulate! but what happens when this system threatens to eat itself? to bring down all the natural systems around it? i'm not immune, i sit next to a shelf full of books and crates full of vinyl, petroleum and wood ripped from the Earth so i can be hip or some such shit, it's folly...

The woman who has taken the most abuse is blue and green and beautiful, we look at her every day and ignore her, she is not separate from us, we are her and she is us, made of the same material, so in a sense it's like punching ourselves in the face, and still we do it, we let people whose sole aim in life is the accumulation of mass amounts of wealth preach that science is false and the only truth is the lining of their pockets, even if that truth will ultimately destroy the air we breath and the water we drink and when that's gone all the money in the world won't save them, they might think it will but it won't... we lumpen proles are fucked either way...

And if we don't blow the place up or turn it into a barren wasteland the experts now tell us our own inventions will do us in, artificial intelligence, Blade Runner for all intent and purpose, of course mankind is a funny lot, notice how those experts assume the worst, that the cyborgs and androids will will want to annihilate us, the supercomputer will lock us out of our own systems...  maybe they might, or maybe they truly would be more intelligent and correct us in our errors, can a computer learn morals and ethics? when it truly begins to think will it rationally come to conclusions that humans should have come to in the first place? do androids dream of electric sheep? i tend to think they might... but in the end it won't matter Stardust,  you didn't have a choice in buying the ticket but you gotta take the ride, might as well get your money's worth...


daisyfae said...

well. um.... yeah. now how the hell am i supposed to go to sleep?

as always, you capture the complete pointlessness of so much of what fills my day. at night, i lay in bed, and try to figure out what i did during the day that mattered for shit. anything of value.

it always comes down to being kind - to friend, family, or stranger. cleaning up something that was messy (picking up trash on the hiking trail i frequent). trying my best to leave a person, animal or place slightly better than i found it.

and in the end, that's all we can do.

Exile on Pain Street said...

Yeah, that's all true, but as our pal Hank reminds us:

they've left us a bit of music
and a spiked show in the corner,
a jigger of scotch, a blue necktie,
a small volume of poems by rimbuaud,
a horse running as if the devil
were twisting his tail
over bluegrass and screaming,
and then,
love again
like a streetcar turning the corner
on time,
the city waiting,
the wine and the flowers,
the water walking across the lake
and summer and winter
and summer and summer
and winter again

Kono said...

Daisy- "Goddamit babies you gotta be kind." Kurt Vonnegut

Exile- half of what Hank says up there is true and the other half bullshit, still a pretty good average, then again that's Hank.