Repetition is death. Creativity and variety is life. I have to find my creativity in my day to day life, among what I frankly like to call death: commuting, cooking, laundry, cleaning, errands, calling people back, appointments, etc. All of the stuff that I just listed is just bullshit, and steals your time without giving anything substantial or fulfilling back. Mind you, I am not saying don’t do those things. However, my take on those is to hack life and take care of those things in the periphery, so that you spend the majority or best times of the day on shit that you actually care about.
Life is short, and to go through life like you’re on a conveyor belt, which is sort of what this capitalistic society wants you to do. While I am not an expert on this subject, this economy was built on consumption, labor, and production. I guess “supply and demand.” First, in order to create a market, you need some abundance. The working class can be used as instruments to fulfill that vision. This is done by the division of labor, which Adam Smith wrote about in the “Wealth of Nations.” Basically, if you have have 5 people, each creating a complete basket, then you may have 20-30 or even 50 at the end of the day. However, if you created a production line and each person was doing a small part of the task until each basket is finished, then the number of baskets may equate to over 100, BUT at the expense of each person only repetitively completing one small part of the task in a mind numbing and repetitive work environment. Back then, everybody farmed their own crops and did their labor, and perhaps later one, people specialized, so one person was the village blacksmith, another a cobber or shoe repair person, and they traded or bartered goods or services. Smith discussed the spiritual satisfaction of creating and selling a piece of work, which the modern man knows not of. The modern man specialized in one small aspect of their task for the greater production of a final product; perhaps a product they will never see (thus losing the meaning in their work). To add, Smith indicated that this all is done with the end being each person has more free time for themselves, and with the luxury of buying shoes or going to the supermarket without having to make our own shoe or grow our own crop.
Now, why is it that most of us feel we have so little time in our days and weeks? And, many people rather than dealing with problem simply intoxicate themselves or going on empty trips to exotic places, or have mindless sex, simply to pretend this machine, this thing we are plugged into, does not exist. Mindless entertainment (cite Star Wars) is another way to distract us, or tuning into the news (which is targeted for the audience and usually biased) or music (which is controlled by corporations) or food (you get the idea). Now what is left? What is the solution? One solution is hopefully at some point more and more people awaken to the true potential of their creativity, to find their true purpose, and act creatively and spontaneously to what life has before us. This means to step out of the cookie-cutter role that life has funneled us into, jump off the 9-5 train if you need to, and do something with meaning. Do something that contributes to humanity. Do something that makes you feel alive, do anything that will stop us from feeling this dull, repetitive, choking pain that modern life suffocates us with simply to stay alive.
It is very hard to break a system that we have born into and that may date hundreds if not thousands of years. I have a better idea why my parents, who are 1st generation Asian Americans, have some degree of discontentment. They grew up with essentially nothing, and saved every penny, but in the end, when they have reached their end goal, they do not 100% know what to do with retirement: a life of leisure, plentitude, and stability. What good are those things if you have not asked yourself the existential questions and found peace inside of yourselves? All those years they were toiling were for material goods; a chance for themselves, a chance for their children, and savings. Not that those things are not important, but if happiness was the end goal, they overlooked that. Stability and financial well being are nothing without a fundamental recognition of our creative selves and purposeful selves.
Either way, try to do something meaningful today, try to get your errands out of the way so you can watch a play or watch a movie, kiss someone and tell them you love them, sit and watch a bonfire instead of Netflix, read or write a poem, or do anything that removes us from the trap of repeating the same thing over and over again. That repetition is death; a gruesome, spiritual death. Doing something fun, spontaneous, different, and meaningful is life – something that makes you lose track of time because you are so engaged and so focused.