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This Is My Life, Rated
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I have no love life. Too bad I couldn't count my fantasy love life. *evil cackle*

Honestly, I'm not in a bad mood. But I feel like ranting. So...

Thinking about The Wizard of Oz the other day, I realized what Dorothy really learned: Children and small animals are not safe from abuse even in a fantasy land.

I read this on my desk calendar yesterday, and had to comment:

"A racehorse that consistently runs just a second faster than another horse is worth millions of dollars more. Be willing to give that extra effort that separates the winner from the one in second place." H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

This is so wrong, on several levels. It fosters the idea that winning is everything, second place is nothing, which is, yeah, exactly what we need in today's high-pressure, financially insecure world, where all is competitive greed-and-grab. Lets make sure we're inspired by Mr. Brown to climb that company ladder over the bodies of our coworkers (whom we've likely stabbed in the back). No, wait, begin earlier. Lets make sure our kids know from age 4 that if they don't win the Little League state championship, they are worthless.

And his analogy to a racehorse is not entirely appropriate. It is, in the sense that - winner or loser - the racehorse will work himself nearly to death, breaking down his health, used by others to make money. It is not, in the sense that a horse runs because he loves to run. I doubt many of us love to work for the sake of working. Even those who claim to are probably referring more to the rewards of reaching their goals.

Crap like this inspires people to become willing corporate slaves, chaining their egos and spirits to artificial standards of "be the best or be second rate". It belittles the concepts of compassion and cooperation, and denies the human need for society and affection.

Maybe the author of "Life's Little Instruction Book" should get a life.


I was reading a book on individual choice and its effects on society, and essentially it was red queen's galore (running and competing to stay in the same place) because there's only so much room at the top. Thing is, a few hundred years ago, it was possible for people to change rank/social status, but apparently the distribution of wealth is changing, and it's a lot harder for us to go up and down the ladder like we used to (rather, go up the ladder, down the ladder's easy).
"There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill..."

from Working Class Hero by John Lennon.
Stupid quiz doesn't factor fantasy life. Oh well. *waves at Clive Owen and giggles*

I think what with my generation and the next that's coming, we live in a highly competitive world that is encouraging of that.
I remember the stress in high school of getting good grades to get to that university. I remember the stress my friend went through in attempting to be in the high 90th percentile to get into the program she wanted in university. Competition is fierce and that's something I doubt will change anytime soon.

That's one of the reasons why I love being a nurse. No corporate ladder, a lot of other frustrations though but the human connection that's there I will never give up or let go of.
All right, from a totally different context I am trying to post a link. Our SCA shire has gone through a period of intense stress in the last three weeks, with a number of people pissing a number of other people off -- to the extent that we got an Official Visit from Above... (oops....)

So in the context of the aftermath, our once and future seneschal (read past president, who is like to someday be so again) and current exchequer (read treasurer) posted the following link: http://sandradodd.com/humility/formality5.html

It is a short piece of writing, somewhat SCA specific, but it speaks to the above rant. Specifically the author refers to the current world view of "work hard and receive rewards propotionate" as a superstition and thinks the medieval wheel of fortune view of "when you're up there's nowhere to go but down, when you're down there's nowhere to go but up; it's all cyclical" is probably every bit as useful, and more so in some contexts. It seemed like rather an answer to Mr. Brown's racehorse theory.