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2012
unknownj
Hmm, I'm slightly worried about this "getting a job" thing... I'm not sure how happy I am entering a system that survives by crushing the desire to change it.

The only way to change the game is to play the game, and in order to play the game you have to be good at it, and like the game. And by the time you've played it enough to make a difference, you've probably lost all the will to change it because you're happy with how it works.

I'm actually scared that I'll stop wanting to make a difference as soon as I become a part of the 'real world', and as far as I'm concerned, that's the worst thing that could happen to me...

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*shrugs*

Is this a job you want to do forever? Maybe I got the wrong end of the stick, but I always assumed this was a means to an end, a way to tide you over until you decided what you really wanted to do?

Get a 'proper' job doing something you want to do, something you're passionate about. Get a job through which you can make a difference, you can help people; if you're that scared about it, then do something about it.

It's my opinion that if you want to make a difference, if you truly want to, and it's not just lip service, working in a bank won't make a difference, won't change your views on life. If it is something you honestly feel passionately about, then don't just accept what you're told/given, question things, and seek solutions yourself. Make an effort to get out there, and help people, volunteer at a shelter or something, but don't be content to sit there saying you want to do something, and not bothering. In my opinion, that's the worst thing which could happen to you.

I was talking to James about this entry, and he suggested I point you towards this entry from his blog - apparently this is the entire basis of this book and he thinks you may like it.

"Any time you start forgetting about making a difference, reading "Channel Zero" reminds you why you wanted to in the first place."

Buy a dog, name it Gramsci, and train it to smell and attack wealth from up to 200 yards...

And don't forget those pilchard & acorn toasties. :D

(I know what you mean, on a serious note. My ultimate plans seem to be along the lines of getting a shitty parttime job to let me survive, and just keep on writing until something starts to take off. Maybe I will eventually be able to make a living just from writing. :D)

Hey was just browsing my friendsfriends (I assume you are David(escaevaotaku)'s friend?) page when I came upon this entry.

Anyway, I just can't accept the notion of a system that works by rejecting change (even not knowing what you're referring to). Systems that do not change go extinct. It is how evolution works. Even a system which appears to be in a steady state is merely waiting for a large enough outside event or quirk of evolution to bump it. O You can see systems violently trying to avoid change, and sinking, all the time. Take the RIAA, whose marketing schemes just do not work in an internet world. Their business model is collapsing. They try to milk congress but as people become more aware, and it becomes a voting issue (which the RIAA is making sure it is by suing everyone) they will lose that power. They will die, because they cannot embrace change. Attempt to prevent the change has just made it worse.

Anyway from a more humanist perspective, I think one poster already said the important thing Make an effort to get out there, and help people, volunteer at a shelter or something, but don't be content to sit there saying you want to do something, and not bothering. In my opinion, that's the worst thing which could happen to you. I think this applies to your job also. If you are working a crappy job as a burger flipper, you can still make good burgers and provide service with a smile. This may not help the job but always remember that it's the right thing to do for the people you're serving. Not the company, but the Joe who doesn't want spit in his burger. If you're really concerned about making the world a better place, you can do it no matter where you work.

Not meaning to take the wind out of your argument, and maybe I didn't make myself clear enough, but what I actually meant was, don't just sit there saying you want to help, saying how bad the homelessness problem in your area is and how someone should do something about it for example - get out there and make the effort to do something yourself, volunteer at a shelter or something.

By just sitting there bemoaning the problem, saying someone should do something, and not doing anything yourself, you're worse then those who don't care and and don't pretend to.

is that you in the icon pic?!?!?

you look a lot like justin timberlake in the pic

No! In a VERY good way ;)

Awww, don't torment the poor boy - he's quite attractive really!

that's the worst thing that could happen to me...

I wouldn't bet on that! :-)

Re: that's the worst thing that could happen to me...

Second only to not getting a job, losing this house, and having to move back home, I mean :oP

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