What’s the Point?
The Professor asked me a question recently. It’s something I’ve wondered about myself, and I even posed the same question to him. Perhaps you’ve wondered about this yourself.
What’s the point? Specifically, what’s the point of this blog?
The point is the sharp end of a thumbtack, placed upward on teacher’s chair. I put it there for cheap laughs, and to disrupt class. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not very funny. Anyone who reads this blog knows I’m not very funny. But, I have a tack, and I try to put it where it will be most effective.
While I’m not particularly funny, I am one to notice abundant free resources. I make a good living by turning discarded tin cans into lamps and chandeliers. Today I see an even more abundant resource that piles up in great heaps everywhere I look. Absurdity. Our world has become so thick with absurdity that it chokes out the light. Its time to cut it down and make something out of it.
Our economic system strikes me as little more than a very cruel joke, and yet people take it so seriously. Everyone is so afraid that the economy will collapse. I’m afraid it will survive. Our global economy destroys habitat, enslaves people and constantly expands, consuming everything in its path. Its only going to make life worse for everybody, but god forbid that it should ever slow down by even a percent or two. That’s a crisis.
Climate change, not a crisis. Ecosystem collapse, not a crisis. Nuclear power plant meltdown, not a crisis. A 2% slowdown in the destruction of the planet for profit, now that’s a crisis.
They tell us that environmental regulations are really holding back production, and that wages, benefits and pensions make them less competitive. Then they want to stop the people they hurt and kill, from suing them. If we just make these concessions, they promise they can return the economy to strong growth.
In return, they offer us what? Jobs, maybe, but no paychecks, no health coverage, no retirement, no workman’s comp, just something to occupy our time until we die. Are we really that fucking bored? Don’t we have something better to do?
So, that’s why I sarcastically titled the blog “Like You’ve got Something Better To Do”, and why I offer financial advice to people who have no money. We inhabit a bubble of absurdity where nothing makes any sense anymore, it should at least be good for a few laughs.
And now I pose a question for the Professor:
What’s the Deal?