Perpetual Weekend Drunks, While Not Unique, Can Fuck Off

23 May

What Did You Expect To See?

What Did You Expect To See?

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Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 12:03:23

Mr. Hobbes, to further the discussion on the application of work to the needs of the general population I would state that both the act and the rewards of work is essential to the specific psychology of homo sapiens, more so in the current version than ever before. I look around and see a world of play gone awry, a world where kingpins feed troubled populations more and more distractions as each rely less and less on the redeeming causes and effects of a decent work ethic: kids in high risk neighborhoods being coddled by agencies and druglords with portable basketball goals which immediately are set up city alleys, blocking thru traffic because the kids ignore approaching cars in protecting their own rights to be there. Spiffy dark-tinted cars are soon pulled inside the alleys and parked next to these makeshift courts thereby protecting the playing terrain from general alley usage.

Frankly, there is nothing inherently bad or wrong in any of the above, and I applaud any efforts to reintegrate troubled youths back into a society desperate for the peace of mind most of the original forefathers—driven by powerful urges to define freedom at its roots—sought to manifest upon this continent, as have as most of the other liberal thinkers in later ages who conspired to theorize man and the earth into a state of perpetual harmony.

Happiness is not the absence of work. Happiness is the attitude inherited after completing an act of devotion which in the classically approved sense of the word in the world of physics is work. I know this is a simplification of that particular philosophy, but work cannot be abolished. Universally forgiving all debt (a Situationist idea) may very well be a brilliant move to help balance things as we know them (and I support this move as radical in theory but inconceivable in a malevolent world).
But when these acts of kindness are blanketed upon a group of kids with little regard for the truancy they inspire, we gain little of value. These same kids and transient adults haul trash from god knows where, breaking bricks, smashing glass, scattering paper all over the alley, and are noticeably absent whenever there is a group or singular effort to clean up the place. This dichotomy tells me something about a culture concerned only with riotous play, with no regard to the general protocols of tidy behavior and reciprocation to the world they draw life and fun from.

Perpetual weekend drunks (myself and my wife included) harass the grappling irons of all that I hold psychotically dear. I work at home, and have personally generated very little money over the past five years. That is not the problem though. We live quite comfortably in inner city terms. A bulk of my talents and zen psychology reside in household chores, in fact better suited for a man in these turbulent times, while wife is safely nested at office bringing in the big bucks. I realize my situation, while not unique, is not the norm, and many, including my wife's parents find our arrangement a little disconcerting. However, my wife, most of the Gabriel Thy cogniscent world, and my own corrosive inner demons reverberate in accusing me of being a sponge to calling me a workaholic. The latter because I am always on projects, artistic or household, and don't have that 9-5. got my paycheck, I can fuck off and do nothing but watch TV, drink beer, and listen to crazed decibel tunes attitude most of those who call themselves my spouse or my friend love to indulge.

A few sibling tales, notes from the underground about retirees who go gaga without a job, wizened old wits spouting parables and the love of a job well done all filtered through a superior intelligence (ha ha!) all lead me to surmize that work is important to homo sapiens, and that those who espouse NO WORK, are simply caught up in words, and miss the point completely. Happiness is not the absence of work. Happiness is the attitude inherited after completing an act of devotion which in the classically approved sense of the word in the world of physics is work. I know this is a simplification of that particular philosophy, but work cannot be abolished. Universally forgiving all debt (a Situationist idea) may very well be a brilliant move to help balance things as we know them (and I support this move as radical in theory but inconceivable in a malevolent world). But it certainly will not solve extenuating problems the very nature of homo sapiens and the wobbling planet he thinks he owns but cannot control—work in tandem and in chaos to exploit.

So Mr. Hobbes, that is my response to the last question you asked me back in 1993 before our "strange E-mail relationship" dissolved for whatever reasons. I am glad you are back. I hope we can pick up where we left off. I don't know how much of the details you shared with me then are still valid but that's a good topic to explore next, don't you reckon?

And so be distressed at this recent rate of writing. While I write many letters of this sort and length almost every day, I am also a busy fellow despite my income numbers. In that sense I have always felt blessed among men. My wife is a gem, despite a few flaws I can reel off anytime, anywhere but in the spirit of good manners I will spare you any further details today. However as I was saying, I am quite busy, but am certainly glad to hear from an old friend from the early days, and have tried to share my enthusiasm with these few thoughts. And remember despite the weather changes and the price of RAM for the Macintosh, I am still...

Gabriel Thy

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