There are seven billion kinds of people in this world – but for the purposes of this post, I’m going to pick two. Disrupters and Supporters.
Take this recent conversation with an acquaintance who’s just embarking on a promising career as a NEET. What, you ask, is a NEET? (Well, I had to ask, old fogey that I am.) A NEET is what the right wing press call a dole bludger – someone who, in Australia, is prepared to live on meagre welfare payments for the doubtful pleasure of being able to call his time his own (except for those infrequent occasions when he has to pretend to look for a job). In the US, it’s roughly the same, except that instead of living on welfare payments, he’s living on whatever he can collect in his hat.
Me: Work is good for you. Like suffering, it provides necessary contrast. Without work, there’s no weekend!
Aspirational NEET: That’s what the wage-cucks would have us believe, so that they can justify in their own minds the pathetic grind of their work-bound existence.
Me: But don’t you want to make a contribution to mankind? Aren’t you uncomfortable relying on others for the bare necessities of life?
Aspirational NEET: I am making a contribution. By enriching my mind and gathering knowledge. As for depending on others, in more enlightened times, aristocrats did fuck all and nobody called them bludgers. Some of the world’s most famous scientists, novelists and explorers didn’t have to work for their living. So why should I?
Of course, I’m not that keen on being called a ‘wage cuck’ – but it’s a different perspective. Maybe, I thought, he’s right – there is another way to approach this whole ‘survival in the modern world’ business, other than running after the perpetual pay packet?
My friend likes to think so. But then, he’s full of ‘alternative’ viewpoints. He’s a disrupter, unlike my Uncle Fred, who’s not. Uncle Fred is a fan of the ‘best of all possible worlds’ approach. Whatever is, is there for a reason. Usually a good reason.
Me: Why don’t we legalise drugs? The war is lost!
Uncle Fred: No it’s not. Why, only the other day the police arrested two shady looking marijuana dealers. That’ll put a stop to their dreadful trade.
Me: And then there’s Mexico. And don’t they say 80 percent of high school students get high…grades on a regular basis?
Uncle Fred: And that’s why the Government in its wisdom made drugs illegal. Ha!
As for me, I’m more on the disruptive side than the supportive – but then again, if I’d been around when Lucy the Cave-Engineer invented the wheel, I probably would’ve muttered ‘What’s wrong with walking, anyway!’
What about you? What do you think about wage-cuckery? Are you a disrupter, a supporter – or one of those seven billion minus one others I forgot to mention? If you could pull one big idea out of the box, what would it be?
NEET: Not in Employment, Education or Training. Cuck: short for ‘cuckold’