I can’t start my work in the mornings without a fantasy story line going on in my head. While I process invoices I am off ruling as the Prince of Mars or something. When I am doing collections I am crafting some adventure plot with a Neptunian princess I save. When I answer the work phone I am actually a secret agent working undercover for the government. Whatever I do between the hours of 9-5 I’m never who I am. The fantasy world is a great place to go for those that can’t stand to face the fact that for 8 hour a day they are a complete bore. How can anyone push through eight hours a day as just an entry-level office employee anyway? THIS IS YOUR LIFE!! AND YOUR FUCKING STUCK!!!!
We’ve figured out a way to optimize the employee experience.
The Weaponization of Dreams:
1. Have you heard this before?
“Life is supposed to be exciting filled with adventure and romance and love! You should have moments of terror and sheer joy punctuated by elements of danger.”
This kind of shit, you know, “love” “peace” “Enjoyment” it all seems a little naive. We are all called upon in this same way to indulge in these sort of pleasures but we all end up funneled down the same passageway towards the same middle class lifestyle with a job that has good benefits and a 401k, we all get mortgages to pay off in the next 30 years, we all have two kids and a mercedes benz to finance. That hoopla about fun and excitement is pure ideology. It is meant to inhabit your dream space so that you can do your duty:
I don’t imagine that there is a rock star who secretly yearns for a simple menial existence.
If your just another mundane office worker here is what you can keep telling yourself to make you feel better:
Lies, lies, lies, lies
2. Have you heard this one too?
If you don’t like your job you can always find another one.
What you’ve essentially done is side stepped the alternative to employment altogether. Your view seems to go past the very notion of unemployment as an option because the idea is far too devastating to even fathom.
What are the implications usually associated with unemployment?
- Social diminution
- Exposure to the elements
You see this is exactly the type of coercion that renders any employee/employer contract null and void in my eyes. If you hold a gun to a persons head and threaten to kill them unless they say “I love you” would you really believe that they love you? Likewise nobody really wants to come out and say how fucking shitty our system is. Forget Hollywood glamour that’s like .0001% of the population. Nobody wants to say how mundane and boring we all fucking are but I’ll come out and say it!!
Just wake up at 6:30 on a Monday morning and look at the fucking sheep we have all become driving to work everyday.
It’s ok for me to say this because I’m right there stuck in traffic with the rest of them.
That’s why I am an escapist between 9-5.
What kind of things do you do to help the time bleed away so you can get to the end of the day quicker?