The vanity of declaring oneself "progressive"

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Romance  |  House: Booksie Classic


If you pride yourself on being "progressive", you're vain. For example just look at me - I post memes for attention and survive off government welfare and familial support. No declaration I could make, no flag I could brand my display name with, no grand gesture, no witty quip, will ever change the destination of my life, the circumstances of which were largely predetermined by factors outside of my control, and it's the same for you.

We are so vain, in fact, bred that way, that most of us have lost sight of anything that truly matters beyond our own ideas - abstractions of the mind. Fame and fortune are worthless and yet many of us spend our entire lives chasing illusions. "But what if?" Chasing the dragon like junkies. Fools walk the tight-rope, take face value as given, and pretend to be in control. You do not control the cosmos. You are the cosmos experiencing itself subjectively.

We are stragglers in the cosmic shore, wading and shuffling about in confusion and gullibility, headless chickens splashing about, ready to accept the next most promising idea from the most persuasive person, taking not much care in our movements in our never-ending hurry to do precisely nothing, not taking any notice at all as the youth thrash and struggle, and the dead float unceremoniously to the surface.

"All these snakes, rats and weasels, who are waitin' for us all to die/Just to see who qualifies" - Mac Miller


Submitted: July 06, 2021

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moa rider

These days people wear titles as a badge of honour, but it's not new. A mate who was in a timber cruising team (that's a team that assess the amount of standing timber in a forest) was given a job in Canada because he told them he was a 'professional taggie'. He nailed an aluminuim tag to the butt of trees. No skill required. This was the early 60's. Usianguke

Wed, July 7th, 2021 2:07am

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Thanks, Usianguke. That story is hilarious. You can get away with anything with a bit of confidence. I once called myself a pharmacist - I repulsed myself out of that profession.

Tue, July 6th, 2021 7:18pm

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