Working 40 hours a week is a sham

When you work more than 40 hours a week it’s often considered “too much.”  If you work less than 40 hours it’s considered “under employed” or “lazy.”  As I’ve said before there’s no such thing as lazy, only uninspired.

People like to think they would not jump off a bridge if everyone else did but really they are fooling themselves.  If everyone else is doing it then it’s the right thing to do.  “That’s the way it is.”  I hate it when people say that.  If working 40 hours a week is so normal then why do I feel tired by Friday?  Why do I dread Mondays?  Howcome hump day feels like Mount Everest?  I’ve worked 4 days a week for a while and it feels enormously better than the regular 5 days a week.

Quite often I hear people say working less than 40 hours a week just isn’t enough money.  Possibly, just possibly, you spend too much and you want too much.  Your wanting is a bottomless pit of useless consumer goods and a yearning to make yourself feel like a someone.

There’s thousands of temporary workers here from the Philippines who work at fast food joints and send money back home.  I’m going to have to guess it’s enough cause I don’t hear of any of them dying from starvation or freezing to death on the street.

But if you don’t force or entice people to work 40 hours a week then they won’t have enough money to spend money on crap to drive the economy so that the super rich can continue to have $100 bills glued together for their toilet paper.

“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

All Humans belong closer to the equator

Since I started this journey of mental and physical health, I am a total believer that humans naturally belong in a warm climate all year round.

We are hairless. God supplied us with everything we needed naturally to survive and clothes wasn’t one of them.   I live in Canada.  If I had no clothes or artificial heat I’d be dead before the sundown.  Even in the summer I wouldn’t fare too well overnight.  Humans need to be in an environment where they can walk around naked and not shiver.

But humans can build fires you say.   We also suck at building fires.  Given all the knowledge that we have of how to build a fire in the woods we are still pretty incompetent.  If you gave me a lighter and dry wood it would still be a challenge.  Imagine trying to build a fire by rubbing sticks and banging rocks together.

A good percentage of the developed population is vitamin D deficient.  Why?  Cause we don’t get enough sun and there just isn’t a lot of foods out there that naturally contain vitamin D.  Certain types of fishes contain the most vitamin D and apart from that all the other foods are not a very high source.  Yes, milk contains vitamin D but only because it’s added.  The story behind that was, long time ago kids started getting rickets because of vitamin D deficiency so they started a milk program in schools and started adding vitamin D to milk.

Lack of vitamin D can cause a whole range of disorders including osteoporosis and depression.  We were meant to have sun!  The sun is by far the best source of vitamin D.

Where do most of the fruits and vegetables naturally grow?  Places closest to the equator.  Everytime I go to the supermarket all the fruits especially the good ones are grown in warm climates.  The only ones we get here are apples and berries and not even all year round.  Humans were meant to consume large amounts of plant based foods.  We suck at hunting.  We’re better at picking and peeling.

Humans thrive best in daylight.   Instead during most of the year we awake when it’s dark and by the time we get home from work it’s dark.  If we didn’t have artificial light we would only have daylight for about 9 hours in the winter and be forced to sit in the dark for 15.  In regions near the equator the hours are more suited for humans.  12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night.

There’s so little sun up here in the winter time that people get depressed and they actually have a name for it.  SAD, seasonal affective disorder.  The 4 seasons are not suppose to be spring, summer, fall and depression.  I can go on and on but it’s the middle of winter, dark and I’m feeling too sad.

No Misery Equals Happiness

Sounds obvious but I never understood it until recently.  We as human beings are naturally supposed to be happy like little kids and dogs.  Whatever God there is out there didn’t intend happiness to be something we need to accomplish like climbing Everest.

Along the road somewhere though we created clouds of misery to block the light of happiness.  Misery is like a compilation of negative emotions and these kinds of emotions are entirely mind made.  Like man made disasters there’s mind made disasters.  Sadness, fear, anxiety, greed, you name it.  You can have all these great people and things in your life but if you have even one thing bugging you it will be a dominant force in your life.  We’ve all heard the saying, “be grateful for what you have” but I think you’ll agree hardly anyone is and that’s because the negative emotions are superior.

My life isn’t one to be envied by the general population but I’m feeling alright these days.  Better than alright and I have nothing going on in my life right now that’s exciting.  Whereas before I was bombarded by negative emotions with periods of brief artificial light.  It was all in my head.

Ask yourself what bothers you the most and then ask why.  If you’re honest with yourself and question everything to the root then you will find the true answer.  The root usually comes down to some kind of superficial fear.

How to make your TV bigger

Can’t stop thinking about how your life might be better with a brand new, big tv?  I’ve got the solution for you.  Inspired from my last post on how to configure an economical home theatre, I’ve yet again created a super genius method of getting what you materially desire for free.  Please tell the world about me so I can help end suffering one nation at a time.

 

Economical Home Theater

In these days of financial hardship it gives us unwanted opportunities to change our ways for the better.  Begin a journey down the road of less consumerism and to detox from the grip of what we think is vital an important to our lives.

You would be hard pressed to find a handful of peers that do not own a large flat panel television and the ones that do are always pressing you to buy one cause “you got to have one.”  I have to have one cause you have one, that’s what they’re pretty much saying.  “Be like me so I feel better about my life that I secretly feel might not end in happiness but everyone else is doing it so if you can’t beat them join them.”  My god was that ever cynical.  But true? We’ll see I guess.  Or not.

I have been sitting on a uncomfortable Ikea plastic chair when I use my computer but stumbled upon the idea to use my patio lounge chair purchased at Canadian Tire.  For you non Canadians, Canadian Tire is like Sears and Home Depot combined but smaller and also sells auto parts.  If you live outside of North America I don’t know what a similar equivalent is.

Specifications:

LCD monitor:  19″ Acer from 2006
Media player: AMD Duo Core with 2 gigs of ram, also from 2006
Speakers: 2 channel Labtec from 2000
Recliner: Zero Gravity Lounge Chair from Canadian Tire

My mind got to thinking because I hated watching stuff on my computer cause the plastic Ikea chair was uncomfortable so that actually got me to thinking to just buy a new flat panel television with a USB port so I could watch downloaded shows through a USB stick.

Screw it! I just saved myself $600.  Probably more cause you know what happens once you buy a 1080p tv.  You go and buy a Blu-ray player and some Blu-ray DVDs.

I myself have not conquered the material bug but I definitely am less of a consumer than the general employed public.  I didn’t get a cellphone or high speed internet until 2004.  I’ve been driving the same used car since 1999 and it was already 7 years old when I bought it.  Currently, I’m still using a non-smart phone and don’t want to change cause I don’t want to pay for a data plan.  As usual I have gone off topic but that’s just the way my mind works.  This is why I always got poor marks in high school English.  Possibly this is why I’m also poor.  Poor me. Pour some sugar on me.

Sleeeeep

The only thing more boring than watching someone sleep is reading about someone else’s  sleeping life but even if that’s true at least it will help you sleep.

My whole life I hardly ever got enough sleep.  High school was a struggle to wake up and after school I would always fall asleep in front of the TV.  Sleeping was just not a priority and was super underrated.  Getting 8 hours asleep didn’t really add to your coolness or get you any girls.

After graduation the workforce didn’t help my sleeping situation much.  I continued to only get 5 hours of sleep usually.  I was a zombie! There’s people out there who function just fine with little sleep but after a couple decades of life, I’ve realized I’m not one of them.  I’m irritable, unhappy and just lazy mentally and physically if I don’t get 7-8 hours and I only realized recently lack of sleep was the issue.

Why am I even writing about this?  Cause it’s a major health issue, physically and mentally.  Chronic lack of sleep really f’s with your hormones which will screw with your body.  It basically causes stress within your body.  Sleeping is good for your health!  No joke bloke.

I used to think I hated my job cause of the job but after I started sleeping properly I realized a good or bad day at work depended on how many hours of sleep I got.  The world is brighter.

You have to be on a schedule too.  You just can’t sleep at anytime and expect to feel just as good just cause you got 8 hours.  I had many months of not having to wake up at anytime but I still felt like crap cause I would sleep at all different hours depending on the social activity I engaged.  Waking in the morning hours does actually make you feel better.

So do yourself a favour and sleep like it’s your job.  Get to bed the same time everynight no matter what cause you don’t want to be late, sleep 8 hours and when you get off your sleep shift you’ll be energized and happy just like when you’re free from your crappy job after 8 hours.  Trust me it will change your life and you’ll never look back.  I’m not sure why I’m assuming whoever is reading this is not getting enough sleep but that just seems to be the norm and the norm is usually wrong and you don’t want to be wrong.

Happy vs Excited

 

To most people it’s pretty much the same like pride and ego, lazy and uninspired, lose and loose etc.  You must have not graduated the 5th grade to make that mistake.  I shouldn’t be dissing anyone’s English.  I’m not scholar myself.

So what’s the difference?  Happiness is lasting.  It’s like breathing and seeing.  It’s not something that’s there one day and not the next.  You don’t have to go out of your way to maintain it.

Excitement on the other hand is a temporary feeling like a high.  You’ve probably heard someone before say something like, “I’m moving into my new place today.  I’m so happy!”  The two words are used so interchangeably without the slightest thought.  Here’s another one, “I’ll be happy when I get my raise.”  What happens when you get that raise?  You’re happy for a while until you want another raise or until the high of the raise wears off.  Everyone knows this.  Never satisfied and wanting more yet we keep chasing.  As a society we’ve basically decided that happiness is temporary and if you want any chance at happiness you have to keep chasing it.  If you want the same results you do the same thing.  The result at best will be a temporary high like the feeling after inhaling a big line of cocaine.  You feel on top of the world and then you don’t.

The house you always wanted to own is chasing a high.  The feeling of great admiration from all your peers and family is a high.  Eating that donut is for a high.  Anything that doesn’t last is not happiness it’s a high it’s excitement.

What’s happniness?  To be in a mental state where life never gets you down.  Where you’re not continuously searching to make your life “better.”  No hate and no anger but peace.  When it’s all good in the hood.  In my view, it’s ok to ride the roller coaster of life but don’t chase it like it’s the meaning of life.  If you’re high, be thankful and enjoy it but don’t hold on to it.

I’d be telling you a lie if I said I am always in the state of happiness but I feel myself getting there day by day.  I’ve come a long way even from 6 months ago.  Nothing would have even begun to happen if I didn’t lose all the people and the things I identified myself with the most.  I had to lose everything not just some things.  In order to rebuild you must first tear down.  Its only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.