Occupy your mind

Do you know what’s wrong with the Occupy Wall Street movement? It’s just not going to work. Mainly because we as a people are too stupid to quit giving these greedy pricks our money. How can I blame Samsung for charging me $700 for a phone, when I’m standing there, waving money and saying “Gimme, gimme, gimme”? Yeah, I’m in the same boat over here. That would be pretty hypocritical of me as I sit here eating my Doritos, typing on my Android and sucking back a Pepsi Max, to call someone else stupid for giving in to it. I’m already enough of a hypocrite, without adding that to the pile. We seem to want everyone else to have our money, because we feel entitled to get everything we desire. I mean it, we think that because we go to work at whatever job we do, we should take our paycheque to Walmart or Costco, and buy a ton of shit that we don’t need.

Go home, grab a shower and look for a job in the country

That’s right, we don’t need it, we want it. There’s a huge difference between the two that not many of us can see. I need water, food and some sort of a shelter, I want a fancy phone, to eat at a Thai restaurant, and a new laptop. Do you see the difference? I should not be borrowing money for a car, but I should be borrowing money for food, if my family is hungry. We need to eat, we don’t need a $70 satellite TV bill every month, especially when a library card is free, and the children today could really use a good book. Is it a necessity that I am sending my words through the internet to you? Fuck no, it sure isn’t. This is a luxury, and the people who make money off of this thing, should be doing so as a hobby after they’ve gone out and weeded their garden, or finished baking their weeks worth of bread, or something along those lines.

I’m not saying you should go this far, but you can if you want to. Just ask bruncle Jimmy

You know what I mean, do something productive, and don’t give Galen Weston $3.49 for a loaf of God damned bread (seriously, it was leavened). Learn to bake your own things, make your own furniture, or grow your own food, and sell that shit to your neighbours. Better yet, trade your shit, for their shit, because we all know that your strawberry jam is three notches above the taste of a skunks asshole, and your neighbour couldn’t grow tomatoes if his life depended on it. Find something you love, and are fairly good at, and run with it. Force your friends to buy things you’ve made, and you buy things that they’ve made. No money goes to China or India, unless you are buying tea, because that’s what they do there. Next time you are looking for a new table, don’t go to the fucking Brick and buy a piece of garbage table that’s made in a factory somewhere. It’s not going to last you for a lifetime like a handmade, wooden table that was crafted by someone in your area. The problem is that you may have to pay more than $249 for it, but you know what? It’s a major piece of furniture, and you should spend some dough to obtain it, you won’t though, because there are these really cool DVD box sets coming out this month that you just have to have, or maybe you don’t get your two extra large double doubles from Timmies each day for a year.

When I was out west, I bought a longbow off of this eccentric fellow that made these beautiful, ornate and functional bows. It cost me about the same as going to the store and buying a Chinese-made, mass-produced bow from a local chain store. This guy created a work of art, probably spending fifty hours and a bunch of money on it and he couldn’t make a living at that because people would rather go out and get something off the shelf, than go out and get Jim to measure them up and build them a one of a kind masterpiece. That makes me sad, and a little bit angry. We have completely lost our way in our push for advancement. I don’t think we are going forward at all, but it doesn’t mean we can’t change the way we do business in the future. I look around at my neighbours and wonder what kinds of things they might make as a hobby. Maybe it’s wooden hobby horses, soap, or rocking chairs. Maybe Christmas, a birthday or some other gift giving celebration is coming up and you’re wondering what to get your aunt. Instead of getting her a gift card from Zellers (or Target now), get her some handmade bath oils, candles, or whatever else she’d like.

Click the pic for Northumberland Soapworks website

So go forth on your journey for fiscal equality and post something on your bulletin board, Facebook or local paper, asking if anyone makes a certain thing you’re looking for. You could also check the local thrift shops to find a good quality used whatchamacallit that needs a good home, and be proud that your hard earned dollars are going to support someone you know or live near, or even have heard of for that matter, and not into the pockets of whoever owns Canadian Tire, Hudson’s Bay Company or Walmart. Do you think the multimillion dollar executives of those companies give two shits about whether or not you get to eat next week? They don’t, and there’s a good chance that they find humour in the fact that you spend all of your dough buying their shitty products, while they are spending their unlimited supply of money on stuff that we will probably never get to see in person.

Hello Detroit auto workers, let me thank you for your time,

Birdman

This is my submission for Dude Write 5, or maybe it was 6. Either way, I’m submitting it. Oh, and go check out the fantastic writers there.

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14 thoughts on “Occupy your mind

  1. Ah, Grasshoppa….You speak the truth yet again.
    Rockin’ article.
    You should submit it to the local newspaper…..Oh, I forgot. That newspaper is full of big box store flyers….
    Gonna share this on my Living Better page, ok?
    If the truth shall set us free, you just freed a few people.
    Let’s wake up the rest in 2012

    • Thanks Brad. It’s one of the older ones, but I like it. By all means you can use any of my stuff on your page. I’m not speaking for any other authors on the site though. There was a good one that my friend Jody wrote, called “An Entertaining Sideshow”, that you might like as well. If you’d like to use it, let me know. I don’t think she’d have a problem with it. It may be too political for you though. Thanks for all of the kind words and support for the blog.

  2. Birdman, you speak with great wisdom here. The root of the issue is as Americans we have become lazy with the “I need it now!” mentality. It wasn’t always like this. Americans used to take pride in their work. Take pride in building and making things with their hands. Many of the crafts and skills that forged our progress from the Dark Ages have died away with the advancement of technology and an excess of expendable cash to blow.

    Great read!

    Michael A. Walker
    Defying Procrastination

    • Thanks, Michael. I guess it doesn’t matter where we live, it seems the same everywhere. Here in Canada it’s much the same as down there.

  3. Builders build, workers work, and unfortunately consumers consume.

    There is a delicate line that we walk where our neighbors feel that because they are our neighbors they can decide that their tomatoes are from heaven above and therefor should cost us 20 potatoes and we should be glad to pay it. I don’t think this is a point that you are making or denying. We should in all free markets have the ability to purchase the goods we want deciding our own value to quality ratio.

    This is a great post and one I’ve thought about many times. Now, do I NEED beer or just WANT beer?

    WG

  4. I am definitely saddened by “Generation ME” and their demand to have everything handed to them. I feel like mine was the last generation to get spanked, be sent to their room (where there wasn’t a TV/Computer/Xbox waiting for you), and learned the value of things. Value of a dollar, value of hard work, etc.

    I blame ‘participant’ trophies and the ‘everyone’s a winner’ attitude. FACT: If you want to be a winner, you have to win. You have to want it and you have to earn it. Success and prosperity are the same way.

    To address the ‘buy local’ theme, I am a huge supporter of the 3/50 Project. I have made sure the movement is alive and strong in my community. For those not familiar with the program, please look it up. You won’t be sorry.

    • That’s a big 10-4. Unless you want communism to be the next step. I think we can all agree that it’s not the route we want to take. I’ll check out the 3/50 project tonight. I love a good project.

  5. I agree with you, and do it when I can… but honestly I shop at Walmart because I despise shopping… and Walmart just has EVERYTHING I need. It is not even about the cost… I couldn’t tell you how much any one particular item costs… I just grab it, throw it into my cart, and get the hell out of there.

    • I know that you would try. You are a good guy, and I bet you feel good when you throw a few bucks towards a family business. I feel the opposite about Walmart, because here it’s so busy it takes hours to get anything. Or so my wife says. Haha, I got married. *high fives YMB*

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