Monday, April 28, 2008

The Return of the Shaman

Welcome to the Modern World. Population: unknown.

You're entire life is dependent upon plants, although you'll rarely consider this.

You will burn the liquified and distilled plant remains of ecosystems long lost in your car as you drive thirty minutes to work today to sit in a concrete structure that required the slaughter of yet another ecosystem to construct.

You will be stressed trying to keep up with the demands of the Modern World, and your under-educated, student loan strapped doctors will give you for-profit medicines that won't cure you, but will keep you functioning in your stressful environment long enough for you to stay glued to the economy. These for-profit medicines originate in plants, most of them at least, but being that you are in the Modern World, you are most likely not aware of this, which is fortunate, because if you knew that the origin of your meds were in forests that are being bulldozed to build more stress-inducing concrete structures, well that just might push you over the edge.

Your government will lie to you to maintain the status quo, even if these lies undermine the very fabric of the social contract that shapes the Modern World. Don't worry, you'll get so dizzy from keeping up with all the lies that you will be unable to discern fact from fiction. Ignorance is bliss.

You will live in dead structures, but you may one day have the bright idea to build a living plant garden on your property. The time spent trying to learn the necessary knowledge for successful plant cultivation will interfere with your desire to watch REALITY TV and drink Starbucks. This will further frustrate you, but keep at the gardening, a living environment is healthier than a dead one.

You will be forced to pay to learn (in more concrete structures). If you don't pay to learn, you don't get the piece of paper that says you paid to learn, and no one will give you an honest wage. you will be forced to live paycheck to paycheck, even if you like learning for free. Unfortunately, due to monetary actions on the part of the Modern World, your wage will fall, as will the value of the money you work for. at the same time, the bills you pay on your home mortgage and that edumacated paper loan will increase, and you will be forced to work a second job that doesn't pay an honest wage, which only means you spend less time learning for free.

In this Modern World, you will be a slave.

That's why, it's time for the Return of the Shaman.

6 Comments:

Blogger J said...

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9:28 AM  
Blogger sourmonkey said...

the shaman has no room for spam.

11:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are all slaves to the machine.

-JH

2:18 PM  
Blogger sourmonkey said...

yes, but i like to believe in the ghost in the machine, you know, the one that can fuck things up from time to time, throw the wrenches into the cogs.

... that's what I want to be... one day.

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Every recession is followed by a cultural revolution.

You may get what you wish for

-JH

7:26 PM  
Blogger sourmonkey said...

good point

8:44 PM  

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