Tag: <span>Great Depression</span>

In the midst of this movie the core message is delivered by the central character (or central character once removed if you like):

God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War’s a spiritual war… our Great Depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won’t. And we’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.

It’s something that stuck a chord with me the first time I heard it, and since then I’ve been pondering how to counter it? Is this outlook purely a state of mind, and if so why is it so easy to agree with and so common amongst others.

Or is it just me? the consequence of my current workload? or is it a simplistic general statement that was written to appeal to the many.

And these are the things that I am sitting here pondering at 1.22 am on a Saturday, a few beers to the good… so enough of this nonsense and to bed.

Tomorrow (later today) ponderings on why you’d want to run 26 miles, 385 yards.

Some interesting points of view are cropping up in the comment box so I’ll leave this post up top for today.

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As predicted I’ve finished my ‘work’ already, so I can push on to other things, which is good as they are usually the things that get dropped first.

However I’ve decided on an early lunch and a quick surf first, and I thought I would share the fruits of my labour with you:

The art of creating a legend – spotted this one Sunday then got distracted. Very interesting piece: “Does the novel have to deepen the psychology of its heroes?” As a recent starter of The Count of Monte Cristo (cast aside for a couple of much easier, beach style, novels) I will certainly be picking it up again. It also made me think of a book I read about 5 years ago: Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels. Full of wonderful prose, and phrases, it was a sumptious book to read. A harrowing, yet simple story told with loving use of language.

Karl Osama Bin Marx?. Interesting article drawing parallels between the Marxist movement and the ‘Islamist’ movements prevalent today. It offers suggestions on the future direction of the ‘war on terror’, and the only weak part was this sentence thrown in towards the end of the article: “Capitalism, too, is stronger and more humane than in the days of the robber barons and the Great Depression.” I realise he is not saying that Capitalism is humane (no journalist in their right mind would try that one), but I think it could have done with a little more justification to balance the piece. Interesting stuff though.

On a related note I also found this excellent, although long, article written by Giles Kepel: “The Trail of Political Islam“. For those of us, myself firmly included, who are not quite up-to-speed on the whole ‘Middle East thing’ I strongly suggest you take the time to read it. Interesting predictions towards the end.

Loch Lomond National Park, and the Lomond Shores centre was opened yesterday by HRH Princess Anne. Having spent a lot of my youth in the area, living only a few miles away, I guess I took a lot of it for granted. As HRH said “Those visitors who come to Scotland very soon realise that it’s pretty well as near perfect as you can get, until of course they come across the ‘x factor’, which is the midge.”.

And continuing the theme, we are headed to Skye for a long weekend soon, and I am so pleased that “Of Scotland’s thirty-four species of midges, only four or five enjoy humans and the most indulgent by far is C.impunctatus, the Highland midge”. Guess we’ll have to get the extra large can of insect repellant. Although a good substitute is to take my Mum. Anything that flies and bites seems to home in on her, leaving everyone else completely fly free.

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