Is it reasonable to believe that human selfishness is and will always be the inescapable foundation of our social contract?
As much as I love David McRaney for the challenge his blog poses to many of my misconceptions, one of his archived posts touches on a subject that winds me up.
It seems to be a cherished myth for those who would prefer not to reflect on the social and ecological cost of their lifestyle choices that there is no escape from the relentless onward march of global capitalism. There is no rebellion one could engage in that impacts the big picture, no message one can communicate that isn’t fraught with hypocrisy and naivete, no behavior one can exhibit unmotivated by raw self-interest.
In McRaney’s (truncated, emphasis-added) words:
I've always fantasized about having an advice column. Over many awkward conversations, I've learned it's an irritating trait to inflict on my family and friends, but I just LOVE telling people what to do. A recent interaction I had on Reddit reawakened this dream and I thought, why shouldn't I do this kind of thing on the GCA blog?
If you have existential late stage capitalism ennui you need help to work out, @ me at any of the social media links below and I'll be more than happy to opine.
~ Kerri Coombs
"I just feel like such a failure. I am 31 and still working entry level roles. I can't seem to grow a career further than this. I have tried at different organisations but I always seem to get overlooked and end up at the beginning again. I am ready to take on so much more but I can't seem to get there. I feel like such a failure in life and I just can't shake this. I know I should be happy, because all aspects but one in my life are great, but when you spend most of your time at work, just feeling cruddy all day, it's hard to leave it behind. I guess I am seeking advice from anyone in the same boat or previously in the same boat. How did you change your circumstances or perspective?"
Revolutions need good storytellers; otherwise people die for nothing.