The rat race

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5 Responses to The rat race

  1. Cyberkitten says:

    Yup. That’s what ‘they’ want you to live like. That’s why when someone says to me (as has been said in the past) “You’ll never *Get Anywhere* with an attitude like that” I take it as a great compliment… [lol]

    • One of my favorite quotes from We the Living is when Victor tells Kira “You’ll never get anywhere with that attitude”, she replies — “That depends on which direction I wish to go.”

      • Cyberkitten says:

        Ha! Good one! I’ll remember that for next time [grin]. I always used to ask where exactly am I supposed to be going and why is it so great? Even when I was young I questioned the path that everyone was supposed to be on. I have never understood why people wanted the absolute latest ‘thing’ which they then drop as ‘old’ 5 minutes later to spend even more money they don’t have to buy the VERY latest thing that is virtually indistinguishable from what they’ve just dropped as crap. Plus, of course, buying into the ‘correct’ lifestyle and ways of thought. Sod that crap.

      • How young? My rebellion started when I started working in a factory (age 20) and began converting the price of something I wanted into “hours I’d have to spend in this factory to get it”. That quickly squelched my desire for ‘more, more’ — and then stumbling on Erich Fromm’s “To Have or To Be” made me start thinking critically about the desire itself. The Epicureans and Stoics put the nail in the coffin! I recently visited a friend of a friend’s house, which was ENORMOUS, and my only thought was — “Wow, this place must be a PAIN to clean and cool.”

  2. Cyberkitten says:

    I’ve been a ‘rebel’ as long as I can remember. But I’d probably date my active rebellion from my early teens when I essentially ‘woke up’ and started to see the world as it really was – by and large a sham or a con-trick. It was then I started reading so much (an act of rebellion in itself really) in order to discover what was *really* going on. You can imagine how much I was attracted to the idea of The Matrix when the movie came out! [lol] Not surprisingly, my favourite word as a child was ‘Why’. I imagine that I was a nightmare to raise!

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