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November 13, 2018

Mr Robot: "F@ck Society!"

Having lost my place in the Amazon Prime series called Mr. Robot I decided to start over again. I recalled liking the series but it had been so long since I watched an episode I had no idea what was going on.

Today I watched episode one of season one...and it is better than what i had remembered! I highly recommend you check it out.

In episode one there is a particular scene in which the protagonist, Elliot, confides in his shrink, Krista.

I want to leave you with this passage, which sums up quite well the trappings of capitalism, which incidentally Elliot seeks to dismantle:

Krista asks,"What is it about society that disappoints you so much?"

Elliot thinks, "Oh I don't know, is it that we collectively thought Steve Jobs was a great man even when we knew he made billions off the backs of children? 

Or maybe it's that it feels like all our heroes are counterfeit; the world itself's just one big hoax. Spamming each other with our burning commentary of bullshit masquerading as insight, our social media faking as intimacy. 

Or is it that we voted for this? Not with our rigged elections, but with our things, our property, our money. 

I'm not saying anything new. We all know why we do this, not because Hunger Games books makes us happy but because we wanna be sedated. Because it's painful not to pretend, because we're cowards.

Fuck Society."

November 12, 2018

Test: Do you Even Adult?

One of my kids recently asked, “when do you become an adult?”

At first, I gave the standard answer: 18.

But then I thought back to myself at 18…I was definitely not what I’d consider an ‘adult’.

So when do you start adulting? When you can drive? When you can vote? When you can drink? When you can be incarcerated for life?

After some thought, I’ve concluded you become an adult once you embrace responsibility.

Here’s a little test to determine whether you’re an adult:

1.  1. Do your parents still help with monthly bills?

2.   2. Do you ASK your parents for money?

3.   3. Are you free as a bird with zero dependents or accountabilities?

4.   4. Do you usually prioritize yourself over others or over your responsibilities?

5.   5. Do you act today at the expense of ‘future you’?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you’re probably not really an adult.

What’s your definition of being an adult?

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