I guess this post is about the meaning of life, given the fact that the title is absolutely the meaning of life. Yay, capitalism! I mean, this is what you wanted, right? Planned obsolescence with no way out of heavy metals leeching into our soil, poisoning our land and our wells? Sounds fucking awesome to me! Thanks, capitalism! And, yes, capitalism has indeed turned what it means to be American into a giant “Fetch Quest”. It’s irritating. It’s annoying. It devalues existence itself. I dunno. We’re all reduced to our wallets at any given moment. At our best of times, our wallets are empty but our lives are full. In the worst of times, our wallets are full because our lives are empty. You never really get to enjoy the best of times because you’re absolutely freaked the fuck out about not having a substantial savings at your bank just in case something happens to rain on your parade. Then, eventually, it does happen and you end up throwing it on a credit card. I mean, that is, if you’re fortunate enough to have been playing this absolute fraud of a game in the first place. If you’ve positioned yourself to having good credit, then this is the road you take. Depending on your spending habits and whether you can time things, you might pull yourself out of the hole and be able to move forward. But a substantial number of people won’t recover, they won’t be alright. Some will just let their credit get worse, others will have to borrow from a friend or family member, or worse yet pick up another job. And, let’s be real here; if you have a full wallet because you’ve been saving and tucking everything you can away in your account, you’re still not happy. You have nothing but numbers in an account at that point. They’ve made it that way to play on human psychology, to allow the victim to think he has something when really they’re just notes on a ledger that don’t really mean much. I guess they mean up to $100,000 if they’re FDIC insured, but that’s an unfortunate number for those who have worked harder longer and have much more to lose.
I guess my point is that capitalism has really reduced human existence to a commodity. Unfortunately, the commoditization of life and living hasn’t yield the most amazing results for 99.9% of the population. But it’s absolutely been incredibly stellar for this 0.1% of the world. Man, their lives have just been wildly worry free for a few generations now. But, you know, we can be one of them if we just play FetchQuest hard enough! HAH. HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH. I’m sorry, but no. If you were born in the US, you might be able to survive FetchQuest a little more capably than the rest of the world, but certainly not as well as the Nords.
I dunno. Maybe I’m just bitter about where I fit into all this? I mean, really, I’ve actually gamed the system pretty well. For someone without a degree, I’m not bad off. Honestly a lot of my bitterness for the system comes from it being the shitty system it is. When I see that something is shit, I say that something is shit. I don’t care what it means to me, personally. Shit is shit, whether I like it or not. We call those “guilty pleasures” in the real world. Capitalism is absolutely a guilty pleasure for some. Perhaps many. But it absolutely and unequivocally satisfy the requirements for being deemed “shit”. It has 100% earned it’s “shit” status. It doesn’t reward better people, it just rewards birth lines, and those birth lines are frequently just an assy grab-bag of trash. If inheritance could be eliminated from capitalism then it would absolutely be a much more ethical game.