oh these modern days

I have never lived in any time period but this one; remarkable, I know, but I have studied other time periods a lot and I have come to a conclusion.  That is, I have realized that we are not any further from the food chain per se but have created a new predator that even we cannot control: industry.

Think about it.  How many people died in the making of the Panama Canal?  Lots.  Lots and lots.  A staggering number when you consider it was just a project and not a war.  27,500 estimated deaths in the name of easier shipping!  Nowadays OSHA tries to ensure that dangerous work is either eliminated or at least regulated and compensated, but cancer is on the rise too.  Cancer is not a disease, it is a desperate attempt of the body to move biologically destructive particles introduced to your bloodstream into one location.  When this storage effort has exhausted itself you die from the flood of contaminated cells that spill out into your body and clog in your vital organs.

Cancer and the birth of technology are most likely bedfellows.

Even my own death, should it be at an old age and after having lived a “full life” or raised a healthy family will be too early when you consider that humans in developed nations lead a mockery of a life.  We (nearly) voluntarily sell our selves into slavery to the industries that promise to increase our ability to consume.  Why?

Thoreau said it beautifully when he stated in Economy: “Beware of all enterprises that require new clothing.”

Yeah, I think about that in my quest for a new job.  I applied to a position within my company that requires fancier dress than I am now accustomed.  It is so absolutely arbitrary.  It’s as if to say that, because this job is more highly compensated, you must display this fact so that when others see you, they will not associate your position in the company with that of a lesser-compensated coworker.

Why?  I challenge anyone to come up with a reason that cannot be easily thrown out.


1 Response to “oh these modern days”

  1. 1 cacophonies
    July 1, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Woo-ee. I want to link this post all over the place.

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