Thursday, February 12, 2015

I've Been Busy!

So much to write and so much unwritten!

Let's see, I've been in the UK  long enough to write plenty of observations.

The Patriots won the Superbowl! That and a tie in on how surprisingly popular the NFL is over here.

Skiing in France. This was really great! Southern Alps are really beautiful and French food is wonderful. Also me trying to ski is funny.

Food continues to be great, the UK has great access to really nice base ingredients and their much maligned food is better than their reputation gives them credit.

Found an online PDF of one of my favorite books; Pyrrhonism, How the Greeks Reinvented Buddhism. Have been happily reading this again and recommend it to anyone interested in this kind of subject matter.

New England has been slammed by one snow storm after another and the temperature continues to be well below freezing. Britain is no tropical paradise, but an average temperature of around 40F seems like paradise in comparison. That said, Krabi in Thailand seems to be sitting at around 90F which really seems ideal.

Which brings me to this,
I feel like I'm trapped in somebody else's master plan; go to school, get a job, get a mortgage. All I'm really doing is dying.

The tone of the video is a bit self indulgent, but I really felt exactly the same way at one point. While there is certainly a balance somewhere- balanced is not where the vast majority of people seem to sit. The number of people who define success by acquiring things that don't actually make them happy is massive in society and our reaction has been to assume that there is something wrong with us and not with the social norms that we've been conditioned to follow. Thus we are more likely to medicate ourselves than to try to change our lives, and the psychiatrists reaction in the video of "Let me get you some more pills." is perfect.
Not all of us are cut out for this Brave New World
There is actually a great reference to Fight Club in the video where her shoe shopping site is called I am Jill's Footwear. Fight Club, was a movie that despite the violence, dealt with exactly the same issues and was essentially about a person finding a way to change their life and becoming an active participant in it as opposed to a spectator.

The real world has its advantages. It's safe, it's secure, it pays well, and it can be a lot of fun. It also can be slowly soul crushing and has a tendency to take vibrant interesting people and make them dull as hell. While freedom might be a bit easier where there are palm trees, the truth is as Voltaire stated;
"Man is free at the moment he wants to be."

To do list;

1) Don't give a fuck.

2) That is all.