I've had enough of workplaces.
Me too. But unfortunately I'm condemned to be in one for the foreseeable future. I've been in my current job for 8 years now (by far the longest time I've had a job) and it always strike me as odd, in office-based jobs, that you end up spending 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, sitting next to some random person who you didn't choose (no offence Ian, if you're reading this). It's a bit like being a hostage in Beirut (back in the 80's when hostages in Beirut were all the rage.)
I was very lucky - saved from office politics, locked down straitjacket network PCs and alarm clocks.
The good thing about open plan offices is learning how to deal with the people and situations. The negative aspect of open plan offices is learning how to deal with the people and situations ...
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Entire species, cultures and nations will disappear, as they have always done, to be replaced by something better suited to the new times.
You, of course, know this, just as I know there are people out there whom I could possibly help people in need. So, why don't you live in peace, accepting that things will most likely work themselves out long after you are gone? Why don't I get out from behind the keyboard and do charity work?
For mine, being with people exhausts me and I've had enough of workplaces.
I do so well understand and sympathise as I am the same.
I do live in peace after a fashion but feel guilty at the same time for not being good enough. It would be lovely to be a religious person who believes that God will forgive me anyway. ,
"accepting that things will most likely work themselves out long after you are gone" is what I experienced from my one short venture into the mystical and the echo of it still comforts me. However I am pessimistic and although they will work themselves out, won't work out well. I don't believe in Providence, and don't believe in a happy ending. I do believe in evil as opposed to good and I believe the fight will never end as long as there is a world.
I trust God to be good but I don't trust God to be powerful. I am fond of St Teresa of Avila who claimed that we are the hands of God. And wish I was not so useless.
I think most of as seem "useless". The movements of society, of the world are so incredibly huge. Yet we know that just one person can have a huge impact, if driven, strong and lucky enough, and that is what makes us feel inadequate and guilty and inadequate. There's so many remarkably gifted people out there, with extraordinary drive and energy. And in the face of this impressiveness, here we are paddling along :)
Now, consider this. If you aren't very important then you are free. You have this gift of life, that potentially offers much joy if you let it. As far as I can tell, on this human journey the idea is to truly be human - to not just cater to your animal aspects but to contemplate, consider, wonder, exchange views and seek answers, and to be a helpful, or at least relatively benign and harmless, player in your local realm.
We are no more useless than replaceable cogs in a machine. We have become cells of humanity. Humanity - as a global entity - is still immature and wild. Any person, no matter how involved or not, who hopes for societies to become kinder and wiser is being a useful "cog" IMO. It's not a glorious role, but not useless either, especially when you consider the scale and scope of the extraordinary edifice of humanity of which we are a part.