The other day I stumbled across this quote that helped me put a few things into perspective…
“It was true that I didn’t have much ambition, but there ought to be a place for people without ambition, I mean a better place than the one usually reserved. How in the hell could a man enjoy being awakened at 6:30am by an alarm clock, leap out of bed, dress, force-feed, shit, piss, brush teeth and hair, and fight traffic to get to a place where essentially you made lots of money for somebody else and were asked to be grateful for the opportunity to do so?” – Charles Bukowski
This quote sums up perhaps what our lives are these days.
This year I have found that we are breeding a generation that is funneled into the idea that they need to go to school, go to college and get a job. We are teaching them that in order to be valuable citizens they need to be able to contribute in someway to the society that they live in – this is an idea that has been around since the industrial revolution.
I don’t deny that, that life is going to suit some people in fact the job force that I am currently trying to enter is one that is 8-5, Monday-Friday and I love it; I just feel that we need to stop ramming this idea down children throats as there are many things that are just as important.
We need artists in the world – visual art, music, and dance. All of these things help us become happier, healthy people. I was talking to a lady I am currently studying with who told me a story about a man who was working with gibbons. One day he decided he would join in with the ‘song and dance’ that the gibbons do together and after taking part in this he became elated, describing it with the feeling of being completely drunk, but instead of on alcohol it was brought about by pure happiness.
We need to teach the generations coming in and perhaps teach ourselves that we need to follow our hearts and do what we love as this is the only way that we can ever truly be happy.