Long Days

The last several weeks I’ve had very long days. The days themselves aren’t actually any longer, that’s not the way days work. Well, it kinda is, but that’s regular and relative to Earth’s rotation and the Sun’s apparent position in the sky; and days in the fall and winter are actually shorter than days during the other half of the year – is that backwards in Australia? I say these days have been very long and I mean that I have been working between twelve and sixteen hours a day, everyday, for the last few weeks.

I haven’t had time to do much, aside from working. I have, while working, been thinking a lot. The primary benefit of having an astoundingly mundane, lowly job is that, if you are so inclined, you can let your mind wander all day long whilst you perform your duties – duties that will no doubt be automated within the next decade or so. Is that a bad thing? I don’t know, I’m sure you don’t really know either. Most people who I hear speak on the issue, and more often I read them write on the issue because these aren’t the type of things that people usually talk about at their blue-collar jobs; seem to be undecided. It could be both good and bad. Can things be both good and bad?

I think the issue of morality is one of the most important issues we are faced with today. I don’t mean we should all quibble over hyper-specific issues, rely on identity politics and virtue signaling to segregate ourselves into ill-defined and ill-suited warbands, or point the finger at the entire external world looking for some justification for our own personal problems. I mean we should all really think about morality, about what it means and where it comes from and where it’s going. We need to be honest with ourselves while exploring our own morality. We need to be able to call ourselves out on our own BS. We need to be able to identify when something is fear-based and differentiate it from what comes from a desire for actual betterment. We need to understand that, no matter how much we may want it to stay the same, our own sense of morality will change and adapt over time according to our environment – just ask yourself if you would get along with sixteen-year-old-you if you need evidence of this. We need to cut out all the ego that we attach to everything and see things as they are, not as we want them to be. We all share a world and we will never make any progress toward a better world if we refuse to be objective. Along with us all needing to think, really think, about morality, we need to have honest, unfettered and unfiltered conversations with as many people as we can.

I think about a lot of things. I try to write and share things about the things that I think about. The thing is, I oftentimes am completely exhausted by the time I get the chance to do so. On the issue of automation, because that’s where this is going to go; as disjointed a post as this is, it’s got to have some direction. So, on the topic of automation, I think it is a necessary, moral thing that we need to get on with as soon as possible.

I see a lot of people everyday that are stuck in jobs that they don’t like, jobs that do nothing for the world other than continue to prop up the ungainly machines of commerce and consumerism that dominate our lives. I see so many people barely holding on, visibly withering away, spiritually starving, all clutching to some vague pipe dream that used to come true. We are collectively moving further away from out great Wherever-ican Dream. Despite the fallacious and outrageous narratives we gobble up through our everything-boxes, the world is still here and it is still being tended to by the common man and woman. People are not murdering each other any more than they were ten years ago, and in many cases they are doing so less. The married couple’s bedroom is not causing militant miscreants to come steal our belongings in the night, people who may be uncomfortable in their own skin are not the cause of cost of living increases continuing to outpace the value of the dollar. I’m struggling here to say what I mean, essentially I mean that all I see is people who are upset and confused and compulsively pointing the finger at anything they can see because they have no idea what to do.

Taking this into account, when I look at  the issue of automation, I come to the decision that we must soon embrace the technology, else there be nothing left to automate! All I see, in the real world mind you, not on a screen, is hard working people working too hard to do anything else. It’s no wonder why nobody gets along anymore, we don’t have the time to understand where anybody else is coming from. We don’t even have the time to understand where we ourselves are coming from, we just work and work and worry and worry and there is no time left to do anything else.

Automating tasks would free up so many people to think and to understand the world around them and give us a chance to come to consensus. Just imagine what we could do with everyone working in concert! Imagine what it would be like to pursue interesting and valuable things, rather than work your fingers to the bone on some bullshit that nobody actually cares about.

I don’t know why I decided to write this meandering post, and I don’t know if I’m going to click publish in a couple minutes. I actually started out intending to post a few photos and some commentary, then my overworked and underperforming brain stepped in this happened. I apologise for taking your time, and I thank you for getting to the bottom of this.

I really wish people had the time to take the time to think.

Here’s a pretty picture for you.

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