Warning: Post May Contain Language or Ideas That Some May Find Offensive.
On Saturday I took notice of how much garbage I generated. It was shocking really. This was from opening packages of food, and going and picking up a few items that were needed around the apartment.
This is from just two people. Just imagine the amount of garbage that is generated by a city. It is actually unimaginable. Oh we may see documentaries about it. The mountains of trash that take up hundreds of acres, but we don’t really get it. We can’t.
This is not a post about garbage. It is just some thoughts that I have about stuff in general.
The truth is we don’t care. We don’t care about garbage or recycling or making the planet better. We just don’t. We might say we do. All that most of us care about is our own little piece of the earth and of course ourselves.
Even the most die hard environmentalist would not want a landfill placed “in their own backyard” would they?
The vast majority of us go and buy stuff that is manufactured in other countries by people that are working in terrible conditions for less than a few dollars a day. We know that this is the case but we buy this stuff anyway. We don’t care.
How many people are living from paycheck to paycheck? 60%? 80%?
They complain that they don’t make enough money to pay their expenses and yet they are driving two cars and go out and spend money on junk they do not really need every week.
They believe what the media tells them about just about everything. We are sheep. Head down, just following along with what everyone else does. Even though what everyone else is doing has them in dire straights, screw it, I’ll do it too.
I have read that in the next few years televisions will have cameras that will be able to view(spy) on you even when the set is not turned on. Interesting. And we just go on about our business and accept this. We do not even blink an eye.
How many of us have passed a homeless person who is asking for a little bit of change so they can get a bite to eat?
“Not my problem.”
Me, me, me. I, I ,I. That is all we really care about. I wonder if the worst thing that could have happened in the evolution of our species was that we somehow became self-aware?
All we care about is ourselves.
What other species knowingly inflicts the pain and suffering on members of its own species the way humans do?
What other species knowingly destroys its habitat the way humans do?
Have you ever complained about your relationship with your partner? A lot of people do. Most of the guys I work with have nothing good to say about their partners. Or women in general. But if their wives or girlfriends left them they would cry and bitch and complain about it. I just sit there and take it all in. These guys must think that they are perfect. Flawless. Infallible.
How many of us are living a lie? We are in a life that is unfulfilling. Working in a job that we probably dislike(or even hate) that just barely allows us to pay our bills and meet our commitments. Why is that? We are conditioned to do this I guess. We were sold on the idea that this is the way it has to be. Everyone does it. Go to school, maybe go to college, get a job, buy a house, maybe have children, and then die.
I work with a guy who rented an apartment with his wife and kids for his whole career. Things were good. He knew what his rent would be. If something went wrong he called the landlord and it got fixed. He had money to go on a trip every year.
And then a few years back, in his 40’s, he bought into the idea that he should buy a house.
He has regretted his decision ever since. Property taxes, the cost of maintaining, utilities, etc.. They have not gone on a trip since they bought a house. Never enough money to do what needs to be done.
Another of my coworkers is 25 and he and his soon to be wife cannot wait to buy a house. They have it in their heads that they can “afford” a 200,000$ dollar house as their first place!. I am trying to explain to him that maybe they could start smaller and maybe upgrade in a few years but he insists that this is what they want. Sigh.
And yet another good friend has this philosophy on buying a house:
You should actually buy MORE house than you can afford. You will always make the mortgage payment so it is like a forced savings or investment plan. Well just this weekend he emailed me saying that things were really tight financially and that they were thinking about downsizing to a more affordable place.
Even my parents, who bought a house in the 1970’s and paid it off in 15 years, are pro renting. They think about all the money they spent in upgrades and maintenance over the years and just shake their heads.
Just another example of how we just blindly accept that this is what we are supposed to do in life. If you think differently you are considered an outcast.
And I am not much different. I buy shit I don’t really need at times. I drive a car when I could walk.
For some reason people are pretty screwed up. Is it our own fault or our own doing in a lot of cases?
I know that this post is all over the place. Sorry about that.
These are just the ramblings of a dim witted bald man.
But I would love to know your thoughts on what I have written. I would love to think that I am not totally alone on some of this.