I find it funny, even hilarious at how low this blog ranks in search engines. Last time I checked, it was somewhere in the rankings of 3,000,000 when it came to websites. I mean, that’s not bad, but it certainly won’t earn me any money, nor will it generate any buzz. I could promote and market my site, but that seems tedious and pointless, so I’m just going to have to stay content being off the map. And I’m fine with it, but eventually I’ll want to grow this cash cow into something that actually earns cash. A million dollars would be nice, more even. Just so I can live my life any way I please without many negative consequences.
Once this million dollars comes into my life, I plan to get a nice piece of land out in the country and build a small, modest home on it. When I say small, I mean it. Maybe 500 square feet, maybe less. Perhaps a little more, but I’m sure most of that space will go to waste. I plan to live there and write/explore. I find that writing has a lot of solace in it and I enjoy it immensely. I may write for others, or even just myself. It won’t matter, because I won’t need any more money for the rest of my life. I’ll eat very healthily and be at my physical peak, whatever that means for me. And I won’t invest or anything, I’ll just have a savings account where it will earn interest at least equal to inflation. I just need to get this damn blog on the map and watch the cash roll in.
It would be nice to be able to devote my entire life to what I believe in, but right now I still have to earn a living. Earning a living takes a lot of energy out of me, and I can no longer work as hard on other pursuits. We should be on the front lines starting a revolution, but we have jobs and cars and homes to pay for and it seems only the unemployed have any free time. These are people who are most likely wasting much of their free time drinking alcohol or using illicit drugs. No offense intended. I’m sure there are a lot of good workers who lost their jobs, and I’m not referring to them. Why aren’t these people rioting in the streets? Why aren’t they protesting our governmental tyranny? Why aren’t they defending the Earth from corporate enslavement? I don’t know.
There are some people out there who do make a difference, but the problem is that there aren’t enough of them. And these people are mostly fringe, which gives them far less credibility than Noam Chomsky. I’ve read articles about the freegans, who live without money, or as little money as possible, living off of the throw-away culture that we have created. Here’s an article from the NY Times about this: The Freegan Establishment. They are considered modern hunter-gatherers. They are living what the perceive as an ethical life with hardly any money, and people like me, and some others who are far worse, can’t see themselves doing this unless they had a windfall of money.
These people are squatting abandoned homes, eating food out of dumpsters, and traveling across the country while the rest of us are stuck at our soul-crushing jobs so that we can afford our mortgages and car payments. They are doing what they believe should be rights to food, shelter, and autonomy. But this world we live in denies those basic human rights to anyone who isn’t willing to become a corporate slave or scammer. And believe me, there are plenty of scammers out there, especially on Wall Street. This world is insane, and yet we are forced to go along with it or be shot, jailed, or simply bent to the will of our corporate masters as they kill the Earth with a giant smile. It makes me sick, but hardly anyone is revolting.
Is it ignorance? Is it hopelessness? Is it depression? What in the world is holding people back? Do most people actually think this world is sane? Is that the case? Seriously? Just take a look around you. Look at the history books (that ironically have been edited from what truly happened, substantially). Read books about forbidden history, the stuff that people who wrote history didn’t want you to know. Realize that this world is under control by sinister forces, with questionable origins, and that they are conditioning you every day with their constant propaganda of telling you how to feel, what to think, who to admire, and who to condemn. That is part of the reason I stopped watching television altogether, save for a few instances. They can’t get to you if you don’t play their game.
When I read about people breaking free of the system and living a different way, it inspires me. It gives me hope that there are cracks to break through. The few people who do live on the fringes of society seem to have more fulfilling lives, because they actually stand for something. Most people do jobs that are meaningless in the context of the meaning of life. They usually do things that anyone could do if they had the necessary skills, and most jobs are less than extraordinary. They are a means to and end, a fucking paycheck that most people spend completely before the next payday, thereby perpetuating their need for continuous employment. But there is a better way. You don’t have to let the system hold you over a barrel.
You can live very well cheaply while still working and save tons of money. I’ve done it. Others have done it. You just have to adjust your thinking from the high-budget lifestyle to the low-budget lifestyle. I haven’t bought new shoes in over 2 years. I haven’t bought new clothes in longer. I receive clothing as gifts, which I wear. I eat a pretty healthy diet for less than you would expect. I do own a car, but I bought it cheap from my grandfather for about half its value. I very rarely buy things I don’t need. I hardly ever go out to eat. I am mentally out of the system, but I still hold down a job and do it well. I just am not as dependent on it as others, whose life would fall apart if they got fired or laid off.
I’ve got some links in my sidebar about how to do this, and the most pivotal essay is Ran Prieur’s How to Drop Out. He articulates better than me, but we have similar messages. He is in his 40s, but it feels like his consciousness is somewhere in the mid 20’s range. This guy is what I do to the extreme. He even bought land that he is building a cobwood house on. He may be a semi-dropout, but he makes a hell of a lot more sense than those indoctrinated politicians, and by following this guy’s example, we can create heaven on Earth, instead of this toxic and unstable civilization. Read some of his other essays as well. Some very interesting stuff there.
Talkin’ bout revolution… Let’s do it! We just need to get enough people aware of what is going on in the world. And we need to get these people to start living the way us “dropouts” do.
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