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
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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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I'm A Christian And I Have A Tattoo

Stop judging me for it.
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Like most people, I turned 18 years old during the course of my senior year of high school.

I'll never forget the months prior to my birthday, though, because I spent hours making a decision that would be with me forever, the decision of where I would go to get my first tattoo and where that tattoo would go, and of course I spent a lot of time deciding on the font, the colors, and all of the other aspects of the tattoo I wanted.

Throughout this time, two things stood firm 1) the fact that I was going to get a tattoo, and 2) the six letter name that it would consist of.

Now, three years later, I'm 21 years old and I still get the occasional dirty look at church on Sunday or in line at Walmart, and more often than not this look is accompanied by the following words: “Why would you do that to your body when God says not to?"

A few weeks ago at a new church, a woman came up to me and said, “How can you consider yourself a Christian when you have that blasphemous thing on your foot?", I simply smiled at her and said: “God bless you, have a good week." I let it roll off of my back, I've spent the past three years letting it “roll off of my back"… but I think it's time that I speak up.

When I was 8 years old, I lost my sister.

She passed away, after suffering from Childhood Cancer for a great deal of my childhood. Growing up, she had always been my best friend, and going through life after she passed was hard because I felt like even though I knew she was with me, I didn't have something to visually tribute to her – a way to memorialize her.

I, being a Christian and believing in Heaven, wanted to show my sister who was looking down on me that even though she was gone – she could still walk with me every day. I wanted it for me, for her. I wanted to have that connection, for her to always be a part of who I am on the outside – just as much as she is a part of who I am on the inside.

After getting my tattoo, I faced a lot of negativity. I would have Leviticus 19:28 thrown in my face more times than I cared to mention. I would be frowned on by various friends, and even some family. I was told a few times that markings on my body would send me to hell – that was my personal favorite.

You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks on you: I am the LORD.
Leviticus 19:28

The more I heard these things, the more I wanted to scream. I didn't though. I didn't let the harsh things said about me and my choice change the love I have for the Lord, for my sister, or for the new precious memento on my left foot. I began to study my Bible more, and when I came to the verse that had been thrown in my face many times before – I came to a realization.

Reading the verses surrounding verse 28, I realized that God was speaking to the covenant people of Israel. He was warning them to stay away from the religious ways of the people surrounding them. Verse 28 wasn't directed to what we, in today's society, see as tattoos – it was meant in the context of the cultic practice of marking one's self in the realm of cultic worship.

26 "You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying. 27 You shall not round off the side-growth of your heads nor harm the edges of your beard. 28 'You shall not make any cuts in your body for the dead nor make any tattoo marks on yourselves: I am the LORD. 29 'Do not profane your daughter by making her a harlot, so that the land will not fall to harlotry and the land become full of lewdness. 30 'You shall keep My sabbaths and revere My sanctuary; I am the LORD. 31 'Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God."
Leviticus 19:26–31

The more I have studied my Bible over the past few years, the more I pity those who rely on one verse in the Old Testament to judge and degrade those, like myself, who made the decision to get a tattoo for whatever reason they may have for doing so.

This is because, you see, in the New Testament it is said that believers are not bound by the laws of the Old Testament – if we were, there would be no shellfish or pork on the menus of various Christian homes. While some see tattoos as a modification of God's creation, it could also be argued that pierced ears, haircuts, braces, or even fixing a cleft lip are no different.

24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor."
Galatians 3:24-25

In Galatians, we read that the Old Testament law was created to lead people to Jesus. However, we know that Jesus has come and died on the cross for our sins. He has saved us, therefore we are no longer held to this law in order to have a relationship with the Lord. Our relationship with Him comes from believing that Jesus came to Earth to die on a cross for our sins, and repenting of our sins – accepting Jesus as our Savior.

I am a Christian, I have a relationship with the Lord that is stronger than it has ever been, and - I HAVE A TATTOO.

I have a beautiful memento on my left foot that reminds me that my sister walks with me through every day of my life. She walked with me down the red carpet at my senior prom, she walked with me across the stage the day I graduated from high school, and she continues to be with me throughout every important moment of my life.

My tattoo is beautiful. My tattoo reminds me that I am never alone. My tattoo is perfect.

Stop judging me for it.

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The Pulse Affect

Where do we stand 2 years later?

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It's been 2 years since the infamous Pulse shooting and everyone, including myself, is still affected. I remember so clearly how I was too scared to go to any pride events afterward. I knew that's what the shooter wanted, was for us all to retreat back into the closest we so bravely came out of, but still, I couldn't bring myself to leave the bed.

The news had hit me harder than any of the previous shooting. While it was still a mass shooting such as what was happening at the schools, the target was more specific. He went in there with the mind of not just killing people, but people associated with the LGBT community. The scene was so horrible, that some of the first responders have even mentioned having PTSD still from the scene.

The news had sunk everyone's heart and many flocked to social media just to find out if friends were there or not. The toll was 49 innocent people who had lost their lives to a despicable individual I refuse to name. I feel he received too much attention in the media as it was.

It also didn't take long for the focus to switch from the victims to the "how could we prevent this"—which isn't a bad question, but the two sides who seemed to differ on opinions so much just turned it into yet another screaming match. That being said, those who weren't on the extreme end of it found themselves seeking comfort from each other. For many people, this attack did scare them, but I think within the horrifying event came a new sense of community.

For those who had family or friends that were victims of such an attack, my heart goes out to you. The mourning doesn't stop, and while I know there are no words that can be strung together to bring closure, I can show my support and continue to fight for equality and help educate whoever I can. The tragedy isn't something I wish on anyone, and the wound stills fresh to me despite not having any personal connections to anyone.

To end this story on a hopeful note, today people are doing positive things in honor of the victims of the pulse attack. One article writes about a couple who spends their time cleaning up the area of litter and mentions others donating money, objects, or their own time in hopes to help anyone in need. One direct quote from this article is "Last year, more than 2,500 people volunteered their time in support of Acts of Love and Kindness, and while there was no official tally yet for this year's outpouring, it seems likely that many will go uncounted."

I encourage people today to reach out to one another, no matter orientation or identity. Love one another and don't let things strip others of their human qualities. We are all human and have the ability to do good. The shooting was tragic, but we should not let it keep us from celebrating who we are and embracing each other with open arms. Don't let the worlds hate scare you or stifle your creativity. We will not let anyone push us back into the dark, no better their best effort. Live on and keep your heart open to love.

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