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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The brink...

It's amazing to me how close we all seem to be teetering on the edge of insanity. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I know that there are times when I feel buried and overwhelmed and driven to the brink of craziness by work or girls or family or politics or religion or a number of other things over which I have no control.


Let's consider work. Many of us take this part of life for granted, as if it needs to be here and we need to participate. Taking this one step further, we feel like work takes us for granted, that we are just another cog on the gear, just another robot on the assembly line. Some of us simply accept it for what it is, and others will try to fight through the system, looking at being made from a robot to a robot operator or from a cog to the whole gear, maybe even the whole gear box. When one considers that here, in America, the average CEO makes over 400 times the salary of their average employee, it has the effect of making the robot realize that they are simply that. Robots. Maybe it will be a depressing fact that's accepted and thrown out of the head before the next day's work. Or, maybe, it will make a small percentage of these robots step back and realize that they are more than robots. They're not puppets! They're real boys! And they'll stop playing the game and start living a life more fulfilling and joyous than previously imagined.

I could make equally powerful statements about relationships, family, politics, and many, many other realms of life, but I suppose the moral of the story would almost always be the same. We all have the power and the patience and the will to take a deep look into our own souls, to see what makes us tick and what makes us complacent. Sometimes this is a very long and arduous process. Hell, if it wasn't that way for me, this blog wouldn't exist. Still, it should be necessary for everyone.

Alas, it's amazing how close we all seem to be teetering on the edge of insanity.
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