No wonder we’re tired!Posted: 23.10.2013
Have you noticed? Do you detect the changes? Is it any wonder we’re stressed, depressed, hitting the bottle or driving like maniacs?
Social networking is the most recent ‘job’ for many of us. Before that came ‘Be your own insurance broker’ and before that ‘Be your own painter/decorator’. The increase in new jobs we have to do for ourselves makes us into frantic doer who’ve lost sight of everything except lists and alarms (I’m speaking for myself here…)
When I first had a car (and when I could afford to insure it) I’d go to my broker and get some figures. Probably by today’s standards they were quite high. But I didn’t sit for house – yes it is hours – trying to save £10 on annual insurance, hoping to offer a £50 voluntary excess of and checking whether it includes NCD protection.
The same for the house, potentially my supermarket shop, my entertainment packages, utilities, holidays,.. How cheap am I? How little do I value my own life here? (“Well not that much because I want everything half price.”)
Facebook,.. to me, it’s a way of making us pass the time in a focused out sort of way, not considering taxes, crime, corruption or anything else which is difficult to deal with. We can drown our human misery by watching ads and looking for people we know. I’m tempted to repeat back what I just wrote but will leave it hanging there for contemplation.
I’m not saying this is the worst it can get but it’s quite severe. The loss of our time is now something we take for granted. Yet it makes us furious without knowing why exactly.
We’re brutal to people around us, aggressive, isolated, and are beginning to forget how to interact. Comments I make to people here while queuing or doing work in the garden are met with blank silence. Maybe they think they’ll go home and write a post on their FB page and it’ll be OK.
We’re busy and I think technology has made us into exhausted, lost people who don’t really know what we’re supposed to be doing.
I’m not going to urge you to go outdoors or join a group or have an elderly neighbour over. I don’t know what to do myself.
All I know is my life is disappearing down the hole of virtual activity and searching out cheap deals. I’m selling my life at a low price. How long do I have to spend at my PC looking for that £10 off? It makes my hourly rate appalling.
I don’t know the answer because I know I’ll do it again in another two weeks when my car insurance expires. I’m weak and cheap. And a liar (my online profile says nothing to this effect); and a miser (I don’t do anything exciting with the money I’ve allegedly saved); and a hypocrite (I always complain about how expensive everything costs)…
But somehow (awfully) I’m comforted by the fact that most other citizens in the western world share these characteristics.
Developed world? Don’t make me laugh!