I am sitting here waiting for a call that a gigantic dumpster is to arrive either today or Monday…there was flooding all around and they are in high demand and they only give you a week. so I drove over to help my friends at home and feel like some character if the blues brothers wanted a demotion character…all the implements of crow and prybars…and I was so thankful to see such crappy work with the tile floors as I don’t know if you ever had to tear up a floor with mastic and screws glued in? it is a bit like ancient Egypt, cutting wedges and simply brute forcing with sledgehammers (if you have the room)
so I was in a big box home improvement store buying all the things of demotion needs….thankful that I didn’t need to rent a demolition hammer as “Mr. tile” did such a bad job…that I can manage it with one pry bar.
the next week will probably be my gym…as it is simply eye-opening what people get paid and or pay for basic services. I could not take it and offered to help. why? because if everyone in the world simply helped each other and stopped with the greed – I wager the world would be a nice place to live.
what is interesting is I am near some university and the kids in the café are students and I guess more of the professors are in here – this is not the normal looking crowd for this town anymore. yet, in a sense, it is a microcosm of the USA. the divergence of the haves and the poor is growing. it is sad to see and hear how many hungry kids are in this country. there is no reason for it…yet…it is the reality.
what I loved about the USA was that it was one of the few countries where there was not only the opportunity to take a chance and go for your dreams but if you chose, it was a place you could raise your family and have a decent quality of life.
I think of Switzerland, and there is a country where your labor and living wage are so high, that I don’t think much of what I help my friends there would be possible without the free labor. and I have a problem paying $5 for a coke because someone opened a can and poured it, or $8-10 for a flask of tap water at a restaurant.
what I get tired about is the swiss bashing the states, and I think, up till ww2, this was a relatively poor farming community that has sat out ever conflict that happened around it. if you bring up the way the country made a lot of its money with banking, you get a strange look. I will tell the people, “look, the USA is a strange industrialize military complex…I don’t necessarily agree with it…yet…it is how it currently is….you all financed a lot of it around the world and are a tiny nation, steeped in secrecy and privacy – yet anyone that looks at it and calls it what it is…you get upset with.”
I guess that is where I am so tired of the idea of make-up, acquisition of stuff, and consuming everything anymore. I am not sure if this is growth? or is this seemingly insane in a world that is every decreasing in the ability to be civil, social, and honest with each other – as the technology makes it really easy to never having to deal with anyone else.
I think of my friend Jenny in Zurich – she wants to build co-working and shared economy spaces, and I always give her Kudo's for trying. it can happen in Switzerland, but will be a critical mass type movement….the culture needs to get over people thinking it is a sign of weakness to ask for some help or borrow something you are not using that another need. (I think the internet is allowing this to happen more and more – yet it is all monetized - not necessarily goodwill)
another digression. while I know we can all change and help each other – I fear it will be some catastrophic or harsh event that will bring humanity back to being more humane. will we learn more then?”
now sure what I typed, and feel odd if I post this…it is not meant to be critical of anyone or anything – rather this is some loose thoughts in my head as I get ready to go and demolish something – to make room for something new
maybe that is simply a rule of nature? wouldn’t it be simpler to think about it for a bit longer?