#Idea – Your Experience Alleviates Your Age / 20.05.19

You can and must use your experience
To offset the ravages of your age.
It’s one of the only things you can do.

Learning how to stretch is the perfect example.

You make better decisions today
To compensate for the bad decisions you made yesterday.

After all
If you carried on like you were 21
You might be dead by now.
(I know I’d be)

Photo by RandyDMM (Pixabay)

#Idea – The Wrong Workplace / 08.05.18

Note: this probably doesn’t apply to people who enjoy their work, though I have read this is less than half of people who do…

When you think about it
The workplace is a con.

Taken to its worst extreme
It’s an absurd situation.

The idea that
You have to get up before you want to
Put on clothes you wouldn’t choose to wear
And travel to a place
To do work you don’t want to do
For people you don’t really care for.

And this is for five-sevenths of your week
And one-third of your waking hours (…but realistically more)
Of course, many of these hours are your best hours
The better part of the day, in which you have the most energy
And get the best ideas
And this all eats up the better part of your ‘productive’ life,
When you are young, vital and most capable.

article about the workplace - black and white hall
Photo by 12019 (Pixabay)

The sooner you realise
How sorry a state of affairs it all is
How much a wholesale theft of your very life it all is
And the sooner that you come up with a means to support yourself
That doesn’t involve this masochistic slog
The better.

Of course
You can take pride
In working for a noble cause.

But
You must surely expect more from your life
Than working for a living
Whilst you die inside.

Photo by StockSnap (Pixabay)

#Idea – Money *Can* Buy Happiness / 13.02.19

There’s that old saying:
“Money can’t buy happiness”

The phrase is incorrect.
Though it perhaps serves a purpose:
Helping those of us who don’t have enough money
To feel better about things.

Anyway,
Here are some examples where money can buy happiness:

There is the first, obvious, example:
Money has the ability to alleviate your material needs
(…emphasis here on your ‘material needs‘, not your ‘material wants‘)
These include a roof over your head
And food in your belly.

This, by default,
Will increase your happiness,
By curtailing the things that make you unhappy.
Things like being hungry and exposed to the elements.

black and white ruins house photo Photo by Christopher Combe Photography

Disregarding the obvious and logical question
Around exactly how much you really need…
(…answers on a postcard, please)
This alone is a pretty good argument
For redistributing some wealth
From those who have ‘more than they know what to do with’
(…people who are long past the point where additional money creates any improvement)
To those who need only a little more to be noticeably happier.

I take the oft-cited example
Of the über-wealthy person
Who spends millions on luxury goods
That he’ll soon tire of.

Put another way
Why buy another shitty piece of modernist art
When you could feed an entire village,
Somewhere in the developing world
For a long time?
I don’t know.

Anyway
That’s the subject for another day, and I’ll leave it here.

article about money making you happy - black and white luxury hotel room
Photo by Finmiki (Pixabay)

Money can buy happiness another way too.
One that is tied closely to the first.
This, of course, is charity
(…with a few caveats.)

Studies seem to show that
Charity can make the giver very happy
If
The money is given voluntarily
In ways that the giver can see
Tangibly benefit the recipient(s).

In this way
Having more money (than you actually need) can make you happy.
The caveat:
You have to give lots of it away
And see the good that it’s doing in the world

Seems like a pretty good argument for giving more, don’t you think?

Cover photo by Hipnos