Bursting Balloons

This post inspired by: These Sky-High Balloons Could Generate More Power Than Solar Panels

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Just another stupid idea from those who want, for some indiscernible reason, to hold on to some form of technotopia that has absolutely no hope of succeeding.

When are they going to simply let go so that our current society can crash and burn, as it is destined to do anyway (better sooner than later), so that all of us, or some of us at least (I won’t say what is going to happen to the rest, as it probably won’t be very pleasant), can get on with living as humanity was meant to do, ie. without smart-phones, air conditioning, cars, and all the other myriad of things we have invented in the last century but that we got along quite well without before that.

For goodness sake, what we have now cannot be described as ‘living’, by any reasonable and meaningful definition.  We exist, working our butts off (those who can find a job at least) simply to earn enough to keep body and soul together and keep breathing.  And all the time we pay out from our pitiful earnings, to others, mostly for things we don’t really need but also to fund a bunch of criminals to govern us and gradually remove our natural freedoms to their own advantage, not ours.  We can’t even afford to die.  Dying cheaply is simply not allowed.  I could go on, but enough.

That’s not living.

Our way of life is not even comparable to what we had even 40 years ago but since that time our standard of living has been gradually eroded away until today most people are swamped by debt and even if that debt is asset backed, those assets are or will be practically worthless should our economy fail.  That our economy will fail, is a foregone conclusion which will leave many in an inescapable condition of debt slavery to the banks, those champions of humanitarianism and charity.

Living is not having to sell your time to enrich someone else.
Living is doing what is necessary to feed, house and clothe yourself and still have the time and energy to enjoy the simple pleasures of life.  You do not need a job to do that.  Of course, it is not possible to live in a society like ours, honestly and with good conscience, without a job or, increasingly, even with a job.  I know some people do, but I did mention ‘honestly and with good conscience’ for a reason.

It is possible to do something that you find interesting and rewarding, something that may be of benefit to other people and for which they may be able to provide you with some of the things that you need, in exchange. That is living.  It is not a job.  If at any stage it becomes a job, then you are no longer living, but working a job, and somehow either your ‘needs’ have been supplemented by ‘wants’ or you have become trapped into doing something that was at one time its own sufficient reward.

Only a fool or someone who has no idea what the word means would claim to be ‘happy’ living in today’s twisted social order.  True happiness is there for the taking of course, but it is very difficult, maybe even impossible to find in modern society.

True happiness means living without debt.  There’s no such thing as a happy debtor.
True happiness means having no ‘ties’ or attachments to things.  Things do not bring happiness.
True happiness does not depend on being surrounded by friends, like-minded people or even family.  Though those things may help.
True happiness cannot be achieved or held on to while harboring bad thoughts or ill-will towards others.

Sorry, I did not intend to write all this, and I could say more, but I just wanted to ridicule somebody’s hare-brained scheme.  Anyway, I am not going to waste the time I have already spent, so here it is.  And it is what it is.

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  1. “Living is not having to sell your time to enrich someone else”. I really like that. It should be writ large and prominently on one of those huge signs you see beside freeways. Or no, on every possible roadside and building. Yet there are still people who would argue with you.

    1. Thanks. Not sure about having my work plastered everywhere though. It could be viewed as subversive and I’m all about the quiet life these days …except for the odd moment or two 😉

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