The Human Points System….

It’s been a wee while but life caught hold of me, pushed me, dragged me and spun me around while I was travelling along the path I am currently on. I’m not sure if there is enough of you reading this to give a damn but I have heard murmurings plus enquiries to where the next Tales from the Engine Room is. Well, it’s here…

I must say it has been a bitch of period since I last entered the Engine Room and in fact it’s been that much of a bitch I have only managed to squeeze in couple of days vocal recordings since my last blog post. Someone very special in my life has been struggling with their health so I took on the mantle of ‘house husband’ to help out with housework and kids, this of course has been my priority. Add to that a visit from the ‘dark lord’ which saw me lost in my dark depressive hole holding out for hope, light and escape from that unwelcome place (until the next time). Also further adding to everything I have been in town/babylon far more than I’m used to, with all the nonsense, pointless drama and wildlife you would expect, I’ll take a sigh of relief when me and the ones I love head back to the outer reaches of civilisation in the very near future.

Somewhere amongst all of that I should have been on the Steve Lamacq Show but after Rich Legate on behalf of Steve Lamacq exchanged emails and arranged a date and time for my appearance they failed to call me and have ignored all my emails since. So safe to say my name maybe blackened to the point it and me have been blacklisted from appearances on Radio 6. Maybe in retrospect I should not have announced my intentions to give away albums during my appearance prior to the show but I am one of the unsigned underground artist Radio 6 say they support but they are obviously not this one…

So after that rather expansive introduction and bringing you up to date on my happening let’s muse on some more thoughts from the Engine Room…

The concept of money has always troubled me, then add to it modern consumerism and some may see that as heaven but I see it more as form of hell, all those temptations and the endless pointless shite that we don’t really need. Don’t get me wrong I do dip my toe in it’s waters but I tend to use it for my purposes instead of being consumed by it. Although I must say when in manic part of my bipolar cycle I have to be ever so careful not to get caught up in a pointless spending sprees powered by my excessive energy and restless mind, that has me buying for sake of buying, and me and those close try to manage this. An old friend once commented on two of my personality contradictions, me as a person and my beliefs mirrored by me using and liking some useful and beneficial electronic goods and gadgets, they labelled me a ‘Techno Anarchist’. I don’t go in for labels but it was somewhat accurate and made me laugh.

I’d rather barter or swap and if this is not possible then I engage with the expanse of the internet to find the bargains of bargains. But these ancient past times of trading without cash are dying out in the western world and instead we are slaves to cash, plastic and product desire.

The reason I think I am touching on the subject of consumerism is because I have been temporarily been dwelling right next to a town and shopping centre and I struggle with such places especially when low or depressed. It overwhelms my senses, I struggle to relate to it or the mass of people that embrace it and I would rather be in my self made bubble or somewhere remote with trees and fields. Maybe because of the way I’m wired that it overloads my senses, I feel claustrophobic and my social tourettes is at it’s very worse, plus lets be honest, the more people there are in one place, the more nonsense and negative energy exists. I find the human race amazing and beautiful but at the same time self destructive and disgusting. Just look around amongst all this beauty and wonder the natural world offer and you will find the human race killing, destroying, lying, over-populating and living far beyond our means…

So let’s do away with money and have a human points system. It does not need much explanation because quite simply the more compassionate, loving and community thinking human being you are the more points you get and therefore the more you can ‘buy’ or ‘invest’ in and the better quality of life you will have for making yours and others lives better. It would turn the human world on it’s head because as we know the biggest liars and most despicable human beings can be found at the top of our current worlds pecking order, or crawling, fighting and destroying in an attempt to reach this hallowed destination. It would not be that hard to employ, we already have a points system if you are sick, disabled, a migrant, etc. And if you really wanted to embrace all the crass elements of the modern world then why not have a game show version instead of the national lottery. Maybe they could have a chute into which they eject all the murdering, lying, violent, greedy, polluting, sadistic and generally low-life individuals that ruin what could be a peaceful and lush world. I also think if you mindlessly breed without considering living sustainably or the quality of life your children will have in an increasingly over-populated world with dwindling resources then you also loose points. One more suggestion would be these self styled celebrities that pollute the minds of people by having them think that looking good and being a self obsessed egotise is more important than good humble values with true creative and artistic talent. There are endless possibilities for this seed of an idea…

Check out the links in red, some offer interesting tangents and some are more direct. Until the next time…

with love and faith

Ruben x

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