The Psychosis of Adulting

The Psychosis of Adulting

Adulting Is A Word Used To Mask The Betrayal Of The Slogan "8 Hours Work, 8 Hours Play, 8 Hours Sleep" From The 19th And 20th Century Labor Movement

From the period after the Civil War to the end of World War II, labor movements in the United States waged a fierce campaign to liberate the citizenry of the country from undemocratic centers of power seen within corporate monopolies, plutocratic politics, and aristocratic oligarchies. Much of our current conception of labor laws were formed during this period. This was the time in which child labor was abolished, the 40 hour work week was created, and worker rights were formed to provide economic security; among may other socio-economic-political changes. The efforts in which the citizenry went towards restructuring the economy was a vital inspiration in worker movements around the world for the preceding decades; including one of the most famous uprisings, the Russian revolution of February 1917.

Today in the year 2017, a century after that revolution, the United States rests at a point in time where inequality is incomparable to any other in history, worker rights and the labor movement are echoes of their former selves, and new illegitimate forms of power have developed out of the same undemocratic centers of corporate, plutocratic, and aristocratic oligarchic powers once fought in the past. Additionally, the memory of these uprisings and the labor history has been attempted to be deliberately erased from collective society.

The amnesia of this can be largely seen in the meme of "adulting". This meme is one that portrays the responsibilities of life beyond work generated for surplus value (i.e. wage labor, salaries, etc) requires a level of effort that forms a level of workaholic insanity. An insanity that over stresses the individual into working longer hours at a place of business in order to generate monetary value, while spending free time working on the non-business activities of adult life in order to function within the paradigm of society. Thus, removing hours of "play" to be designated for more working hours for money and work in terms of personal organization as a member of society. This has been increasing over the last several decades, expanding to consume all of the 8 hours designated for "play", and bleeding into the 8 designated for "sleep".

The insanity of this work intensive oriented lifestyle is not only harm for the health of the worker, but also obsolete in relations to the potential of mechanical labor in phasing out human labor. Estimates from decades past, as far back as the 1960s, 1940s, even the early decades of the 20th century; calculated that the rate of technological progression would inevitably provide a labor force capable of greater efficiency, productivity, and effectiveness well beyond human labor capacity. It was therefore projected that working hours for humans in the late 20th and early 21st-century would be reducing to the point that a single individual could provide for a family of four working 4-6 hours a day, 3-4 days a week.

The adverse affects of an over stressed workforce, such as in United States over the last 40 to 50 years, demonstrates that an increase in productivity without the surplus value of said productivity being reverted back to the labor producing; breakdown and collapse is an inevitability due to the obsolete strain and obsolete reliance on human labor. The heritage of the labor movement is ingrained in every faculty of United States civilization and is one that has and will continue to shape the legitimate fate of the nation.

Adulting is a lie and deception we all jokingly tell ourselves as a means of masking our recognition that the reality of adult life is a form of insanity that slowly destroys the individuals involved. As a famous member of the worker movement, Emma Goldman, once said "When we can't dream any longer we die." Adulting is the antithesis of dreaming; Dreaming is acting like an adult. Play, personal fulfillment, and social happiness are integral parts of any cohesive and complex civilization. Let us remember the century old slogan of designating 1/3 of our day to play in order to break the psychosis of workaholicism as a society.

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A Letter to the Girl I Was 3 Years Ago

"Strength grows in the moments when you think you can't go on but you keep going anyway."

  To the old me, 

The girl who worried too much about what other people thought of her, the girl who didn’t know what she was worth, the girl who was scared to be alone. 

I know it’s hard, you’re just starting out high school and what people think of you is SO important. You want to be accepted, you want to be liked. You alter the person you actually are, because you want to be the person everyone loves. Stop. It’s not worth it. In a couple years it won’t matter what everyone thought of you, because majority of those people wont stick around after you walk across that stage at graduation. They don’t care about you that much. Be yourself, because that is the best version you can be. You are beautiful just the way you are, you are special just the way you are. Be confident in who you are. Once you stop caring what others think, you will feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders and you will never want to go back.

And YOU, you are worth SO much, and that will be your biggest weapon one day knowing that and being confident in that. Stop letting people walk all over you and define who you are, and stop settling for less than you deserve. LOVE yourself first, CHOOSE yourself first, and everything else will fall into place. The most important relationship you can have is the one with yourself, and the one with the big Man upstairs. The mistakes you have made, and will continue to make, will never define your value as a person.  Once you discover your self value, you will know what you deserve and what you don’t deserve.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful. I know that full well.” –Psalm 139:13-14

I cant stress this enough: it is OK to be independent, it is OK to be alone. Honestly, you wont figure this one out for a while. You will go through relationship after relationship depending on guys for your happiness and that will be your source of self-validation, and that will get your heart broken at times. It happens, and its OK to learn from it. It is so important that you grow out of that, though. Work on yourself while you have the time, make yourself a better you for the right person that does come along, but most importantly, make yourself a better you for YOU. Be dependent on yourself and your faith for the happiness that you crave out of other people. Stop putting yourself through the heartbreaks, and just settling because you are afraid of being alone. Embrace it, and take advantage of it. 

To the girl that is the girl I used to be-

It’s never too late to realize things need to change. It’s never too late to rid yourself of the negativity, and all of the things holding you back. You got this, I believe in you. Take it from the one girl who never thought she had it in her to become stronger. 

To the old me-

I wish that I could go back and hug you and let you know that you are so loved. You are so worth it. You are so special. You CAN do this. Everything you are going through and will go through will be so worth it, and to never EVER give up no matter how much you want to at times. I wish that I could’ve told you in a few years, you will be mentally and emotionally stronger than you have ever been, and everything that you are going through is just a phase.                                                                                  Life isn't always perfect. Life isn't always easy. Life doesn't always make sense, but thats the beauty of it.

Love,

Me, today. 

  



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Walking Through Campus In The Dark Made Me Realize Girls Should Be Helping Other Girls Feel Safer

I'm forever grateful for the girls who helped me feel safe.

If you're a girl, chances are doing certain things, like walking alone in the dark, can be kind of scary.

I needed to walk from the dorms to the Greyhound station downtown to catch a 7 a.m. bus, and if you've ever lived in the Pacific Northwest in the fall, you know some mornings it isn't light until almost 8 a.m. or later. I am not a morning person and neither were any of my friends, so I knew I would probably be going alone.

There aren't a lot of people out and about that early in the morning and, being a girl in today's world, walking alone in the dark makes me nervous.

I planned on calling a cab, but when it didn't show after 20 minutes, I knew I was going to have to walk. As I started walking, I thought about all the horror stories I've heard on the news, all the times I've been harassed and followed by strangers on the street, all the places I was walking that weren't well light or were in commercial areas with businesses that weren't open. I didn't have pepper spray, I don't know a lot of self-defense, and I felt like all I could really do was keep my head down, walk fast, and hope nothing bad happened.

I was more worried than I care to admit but I didn't really have any other options.

I was walking past Gamma Phi Beta's house, with my phone flashlight on and silently counting the blocks until reached the bus station, and at about the same time, two girls were leaving the house in workout gear, like they were headed out for a run. What caught me off guard was when they asked if I was okay and why I was walking by myself. I explained that I was headed to the Greyhound station and no one else was awake, so I was on my own.

Without any hesitation, they offered to walk with me, so I wouldn't be alone.

I can't even put into words how relieved and grateful I was. If they asked if I wanted them to walk with me, I probably would have said no because I wouldn't want to mess up their plans or be a burden, but they offered.

When we were walking, it felt like walking with friends, not like two friends begrudgingly walking a stranger as a favor. We talked about majors, binge-worthy Netflix shows, classes, and when we reached the bus station downtown, we went our separate ways.

I don't remember their names and I don't know if they'll ever know how much that meant to me, but I still think about it, over a year later, and it reminds me how important it is to look out for and support other girls.

Since I feel like I never got to thank them properly, I do it the best way I know how: by paying it forward. When I have the opportunity to do something to make another girl feel safer, whether that's walking with her, checking in with her at a party, or otherwise, I think it's important to do it.

No one understands the struggles girls face just by existing in our f*cked up world quite like other girls. It is so important for all of us to do our part to support and protect our community.

If you have the opportunity to help out someone else in an uncomfortable or unsafe situation, do it. You have no idea the impact it will have.

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