What Ever Did They Do Before

Or Get A Life

My wife and I were walking down the street one day and a guy passed us on the sidewalk. He was ambling ahead of us and something about him gave Eriana the creeps. So we stopped to light cigarettes and let him get well ahead of us. As we followed him up the block I noticed we were approaching a computer store, one of those places which sell parts and bits so people can build and tweak their own machines. I said to Eriana that I bet he goes in there and damned if he didn't. She turned to me and said how did you know? My reply was that I know the type.

But what type is it. I mean I hate playing the stereotyping game, labeling and categorizing people by appearances is not a cool thing, but sometimes there are patterns that can be observed and applied which give you clues to a person's character. There is a new breed of people out there who are obsessed with all things computer. They live and breath with the latest in drives, storage, and whatever. They can discuss in detail the intricacies of what this motherboard can do as compared to that, and probably write html better then English, or any other native tongue.

They use their computers and the internet to make up for whatever they perceive as the inadequacies in their own lives. Maybe they have a horrible job, or a boss that abuses them, or no love live, but when they are at their key board on line they are king. They rule cyberspace on gaming portals where their characters have a kazillion hit points(is that still the right jargon, that's dreged form old memories of drunken/stoned games of dungeons and dragons)message boards about tech matters, and where there are rules to be applied or points to be accumulated they are the final word and the in the top ten.

In an effort to promote this space to actually get somebody aside form Eriana to read it I've been exploring various means of getting it listed in directories etc. There are also a few other sites which I think are great and worth visiting(links in my sidebar) so I've tried to get them listed as well. One such site in particular stands out for its anality(if that's not a word it should be)I'll give them the benefit of anonymity for now, but they are a fine example of people who need to do something else once in a while.

I'm a big fan of Ashok Banker's adaptation of the classic Indian epic The Ramayana, and I thought it would be a fine thing to get more people turned on to his work. So aside from this site it was the first place I tried to get listed. A month latter and I realized nobody had bothered even reviewing my submission. In all inocence I went over to the sites message board and asked if there was a specific reason for this, and could someone tell me why. Good Goddess the results were astounding.

The first person who responded(23,000 points) had numerouse suggestions, some of which even applied to the situation at hand, number two (235,000 points, does he ever get off the computer) thought something else and cited minutiae in the guidelines for reference, and yet a third person( over 350,000 points, I don't even want to know how she did that) had even more to say on the matter with reference to sub headings and previous listings etc. etc. . Then of course each of them had to rebut and counter rebut the other's point, bringing more and more issues to bear on what I thought was a relatively straightforward question.

The really funny thing was that none of them had answered the question I had asked. They all gave reasons as to why the site may not have been acceptable for listing, but never once said why nobody had even looked at it yet. Maybe they all work in the press offices of politicians or something and don't know how to answer a straight forward question, I don't know. But it's a fine example of powerless people exercising power in meaningless places.

I guess that is the real service that computers and the internet offers: an outlet for people who need to exercise the power of petty tyrants to rid themselves of the frustrations of their own existence. It is a sad reflection on the state of the world we live in that this happens. The fact that people are reduced to such pathetic attempts to salvage self esteem reflects poorly on the way in which our society treats people as individuals. There are too many who feel of no use, trampled underfoot, and cast aside by the callousness of our win at all costs morality for anybodies comfort if we this type of behaviour is a mirror reflecting the affect it has on individuals.

Behaviur like this only drives home the point of how horrible existence has become for a vast majority of people in this loveless modern age. How anybody can advocate our way of living as better then any other is beyond me if this is the result. When this many people feel like they are left out and without significance then the problems we face are far more numrouse then just whether all people have jobs or not. Their is a serious moral and ethical vacuum that can not be addressed by any so called religion that just props up the status quo. As long as we continue to act as if some life is more sacred then other, whether it be man, critter, tree or water, we will never work out of this mess.

There is more to a person then what they do for a living, they need more then the vacuous stuff forced down their throat on a daily basis that passes for entertainment to be complete. Sure food and shelter are important, but so is quality of existence. That does not mean material goods, or any other things provided by the market place. A culture that is driven by greed instead of need will always leave far to many people behind, and that is exactly where we find ourselves.

I don't pretend to have any answers, there are no quick fixes, but like they say about all addictions, the first step in recovery is being able to admit there is a problem. Our society needs to go into a detox centre soon and begin to dry out from rampant consumerism and mass envy soon, or the problem will become irreparable.

cheers gypsyman


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