Guest rant by Boneflour.
Hey look, it’s mouse utopia.
Then again…on the other side of the happiness video… The average lawn is a warzone of hungry motherfuckers crawling over each other to survive. Everything from the weeds to the worms is fighting for ‘more of me, less of everyone I don’t like’. Give a house five years and it will be buried by things that can still move. “Yo, you’re standing in my sun.”
The struggle is real, cities suck, but even the happiness video is semi dated. New York is a “luxury good” now. 9-5 office jobs with benefits seem like a dream compared to the new ‘gig economy’ jobs or working in the wage cage of an Amazon warehouse. You have to be pretty far up the totem pole to even have the problems portrayed in the video. Oh, the rat man bought a sweet red convertible to get out of the subway? I knew a guy that had to walk 5 miles to a shitty fast food job for months before he could afford a piece of shit Pontiac. We all live on top of pyramids of skulls, and it is a luxury good to be able to pretend otherwise, much less complain about the search for the final chunk of Maslow’s Hierarchy.
I’m not even mad, though. People don’t think in absolute, universal terms, they think local and relative. The guy in the rat race can’t see life before the race, he can just see that life right now has problems. And the overcrowded and yet isolated lifestyle of the city can drive people insane. Moon Man talked about these problems in a constructive way. There’s a trap, and there is yet a way out: https://trueataraxiaradio.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/rich-and-miserable-in-america/
Notice that the rat doesn’t “die” until he STOPS running the race! The rich yet miserable in the MM post are ‘trapped’ because they were too afraid to change. They are still too afraid to change. Working 12 hours a day at a job you hate for things you don’t have the time to use is still EASIER than starting a side hustle or scaling down whether the wife likes it or not. We all must keep moving or start sinking into the grave. But we can choose our struggle. “One must imagine Sisyphus to be happy.”
Eh, this rant sucks, gotta do better next time. [Ed: lol]