Archive for June, 2009

The _____ Life

The shelves were staked full with all kinds of books on fashion, music, culture and an assortment of other weird and random things like pornographic playing cards and a copy of Penthouse from the 80’s, while the walls were adorned with both the loud paintings of recent art college graduates and those more established artists. But in a silent protest against the warm homeliness of the room was a 42″ flat screen television, a Playstation 3, a Wii, a fuckload games and a surround sound system featuring a big obnoxious subwhoofer.

I’ve just moved out of the house I was living in for the last 6 months and on my recent return I felt a very strong sense that the atmosphere had changed. When I had lived there, there had been a small tv in the corner that was seldom turned on and was only ever used to play dvd’s, but now in it’s place, amongst the art work and cosy disorder of the room was all of this new sleak technology.

It all made me think about the dreaded working life – that 50-60 year period between finishing college and retiring/dying. This stuff had all been bought by the guy who took my room when I moved out. Clearly it was all he spent his money on. It made me wonder what I would spend my money on when I was earning a proper salary. I mean is it really worth working 5 days a week from 9 to 5 with only 2 weeks off a year just to get the money to buy stuff ? Do things that you sit in front of alone for a few hours at a time make you happy or contribute to you growing as a person?

This guy earning good money that he can buy cool stuff with