I invite you to read this article (if it's not paywalled from you). I'm going to hang a little personal thread off it. I'll include a couple screenshots of relevant points. washingtonpost.com/outlook/capito…
2. A little personal background: for a variety of reasons, I advocate that individuals and families adopt a slower, simpler, lower tech, less "modern" lifestyle.
Specific benefits would be more peace of mind and less climate change.
The typical response is "People won't do that."
3. So...
Last Wednesday I had, or felt, a need to go to the nearest major city "suburb" (more urb than sub) to shop in a big box home improvement store.
Liberty, MO. I-35 and MO-152 / Kansas Street.
There's a Home Depot on one side of the highway, a Lowe's on the other.
4. Since I would be buying, I thought, large materials (turned out not to, but that's a different story) I drove the Cowboy Cadillac with 16' flatbed trailer. It's a sumbitch in heavy traffic. Long as a semi trailer truck, almost. Maximum legal width.
5. In the article the author mentions the ill feelings these domestic terrorists have, how they feel cheated and picked on even though they have, by modern accepted standards, won all the prizes.
6. Now, at this point you're probably ready to jump on the "fuck these guys" bandwagon, and I sympathize, but try to put that aside for a moment.
They really do feel that they've been cheated.
And they're right.
All their modern success brought them ZERO satisfaction or happiness
7. When a successful realtor gets into HER PERSONAL AIRPLANE to fly to Washington to overthrow the government because her life sucks, whatever else you think, her life sucks.
Her fucking airplane was supposed to be the brass ring, the free ride, and she's still miserable.
8. She's miserable.
Believe that.
Don't tell her she's got it knocked. She knows what she's got, and she's STILL MISERABLE. Believe her.
All the promises were lies.
She traded her birthright for a mess of pottage.
Here's her birthright. Natural beauty.
There's none in the plane.
9. As I drove down that road, in the pic above, to ever wider, ever busier, ever newer, ever more developed, ever more "just what everyone wants" America, the higher my stress levels went. The more stress hormones in my blood. The more fear, the more tension.
This is modern life.
10. By the time I exited 65 mph, traffic jammed, road rage I-35 onto MO-152 at Liberty I was white knuckled.
It took me longer to get through the maze of traffic lights and concrete, across the interstate, and into the 60 acre parking lot where Lowe's is, than my 1st 3 miles.
11. And this was in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week. Not rush hour. Not a "traffic jam." This was As Good As It Gets™
This was the pinnacle of modern life.
No wonder they're so fucking mad.
12. That thing nobody would "sacrifice," the wonders of speed and power no American would give up in trade for a life that didn't kill the biosphere - that thing is the biggest con in world history.
The joys of developed living are a bigger lie than Former Guy's fortune.
13. I know, I know. "But our average age at death is so high! It's wonderful!"
Yeah. Right.
Tell these guys. They look happy.
14. There is essentially nothing going on in America today that doesn't piss off more people than it pleases.
And all I ever hear is, "People won't give this up!"
Poor fuckers.
What a con.
It's *seriously* not working.
But go ahead on.
--jeff out

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