Don’t be bored

A series of self-contradictory non-sequiturs

Self-sufficiency is the road to poverty

games of production,
games of consumption,
in the end a game is a game

why be picky?

retirement is difficult, and so it is that meaningful play isn’t all that much easier to get right than meaningful work.

I feel like that’s one of the central lessons of The Culture. In a utopia, Iain Banks shows us how in a limitless and needless world, the problems are very much the same.

Okay, fine, maybe meaningful play is not all that much easier than meaningful work, but it IS easier. The question is whether that is due to others hacking your sense of aesthetics and undermining your free will and things like that. To be truly happy in consumption, you have to find a group of mutually serving people where everyone contributes some atom of meaning, but at that point it’s probably possible to reorganize it into a commercial enterprise anyway.

Point being, I sincerely believe the best things in life are free, or more than pay for themselves.

2 Responses to “Don’t be bored”

  1. Richard says:

    I’m going to have to disagree with “Self-sufficiency is the road to poverty”. Poverty is a lack of the basic necessities for sustaining a healthy life, which is the object of self-sufficiency. This idea is increasingly attractive with high pressure jobs and flat or descending wages for the non-ruling class.

    Best to cover all bases. Maintain a few specialties and practice self-sufficiency where practical.

  2. Chiao says:

    “Practice self-sufficiency where practical” is an interesting caveat. After all, “buying insurance is the road to poverty” just sounds silly.

    I agree that people may opt out of an inequitable system… you might be interested in “Who Broke America’s Jobs Machine?,” which I link to in http://www.thechiao.com/wordpress/2010/03/14/job-creation-meritocracy-and-democracy/