November 24th, 2020

commodified self

cognitive rigidity

two weeks of headlines: FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING SACRED THE CDC THE HHS THE FDA THE WKRP ALL ARE FLASHING RED NEON DON'T!! DO FAMILY GET-TOGETHERS! FOR THANKSGIVING! OR TRAVEL UNNECESSARILY FOR THANKSGIVING! BECAUSE IT IS DANGEROUS! AND EVERYONE YOU LOVE WILL DIE! THE SURGE, THE SURGE, THINK OF THE SURGE! OMG LOOK AT THE AIRPORTS! HOLY CRAP WHY ARE THERE TOO MANY PEOPLE AT THE AIRPORTS!* HAVEN'T WE LEARNED ANYTHING!

and they are right, of course they are right, this is incredibly important messaging at this moment and i'm glad to see it, but?

with regard to crowding into nonessential retailers to buy nonessential products from minimum wage workers no longer getting even a little bit of hazard pay and still no federal or corporate backup on basic safety procedures in their facilities (pandemic fatigue, you know) on black friday using money folks might consider hanging on to in case they suddenly lose their jobs and need to stock up on dried beans, toilet paper and hand sanitizer during what is shaping up to be a very difficult winter what with the virus! and the climate change! and the political unrest! while the GOP tries to figure out some means of funneling our tax dollars into protecting a tyrannical billionaire white supremacist serial rapist from prison while blaming the whole entire situation on them socialist radical leftists and their nannystate insistence on social safety nets: BUT AMERICA NEEDS RECREATIONAL SHOPPING

and i ain't saying that's not true, because for all intents and purposes this is the world we've been making. the american economy does need recreational shopping, almost as much as it needs people living below the poverty line to spend outside their means and middle class workers to live in debt for their entire adult lives.

i'm saying: that is messed up.

i'm asking: why haven't more people realized this is a problem?

an exploitative economy is not sustainable. one year of pandemic and there are families that will never recover. do we need to start pushing the system to stop brainwashing people to act against their best interests for sake of an economic model that isn't working? how do we start?

please don't shop for recreation while your fellow citizens wobble on the brink of homelessness and line up at food banks. please don't feel you are entitled to a "normal" holiday season while hospitals erect tents for pandemic overflow in football fields and parking lots in late november. yes, i scaled back my original text there because it was triggering to me as someone whose at-risk family lives in another time zone in a region where the surge has been bad enough to start another lockdown.

claim your agency. figure out another way.

do it for america.
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*travel restrictions, maybe? big business taking a leadership role in public health policy and building good faith with their client base, you think? yeah. right. never mind