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Originally posted by kozmo
Many erroneously assume that the feudal system ended centuries ago and that there are no longer serfs and vassals however such an assumption couldn't be further from the truth. A primary example is the ownership of property - in other words, you don't own any! Nobody holds Allodial Title to anything, instead we hold Fee Simple Title which essentially means we don't actually own it, we own the permission to use it in exchange for ongoing fees and services to the holder of the true title. Sounds a bit like the Feudal System, yes? That would be because it is!
You see, marketing is a centuries old art mastered by royalty to keep the "Simple people" in the dark about the true system in which we voluntarily participate. When a group of people rise up against tyranny, the tyrants simple change the name of the system and the methods which they administer it. Simple look at "The United States of America". It is a corporation held in trust by a larger corporation known as the "British Crown". Each of the 50 states are corporate subsidiaries to the Federal Government with each county and municipalities being subsidiaries held in trust by each state. All of this is administered under maritime law, which is conveniently recognized as Uniform Commercial Code in the case of the United States. Common Law, rooted in the Magna Carta, runs parallel to Maritime Law but we unknowingly subjugate ourselves to the latter by "Contracting" with the corporations which in effect nullifies our protections under Common Law.
Without prattling on too deeply into the weeds on the subject I will simply state that the reason you feel that your "Work" is unnatural is because it is. "Work" to a truly free human is a mechanism so that one might enjoy the fruits or benefits of one's labor. However, the fruits and benefits of your labor benefit the lords and corporations before you get your "Share". In Feudal times, this was share-cropping and the laborers were serfs or vassals with a high percentage of the product of their labor going to the Lord or the Crown. Make sense?
So you see, the system hasn't changed for thousands of years. Only the names and methods of enforcing such a system has changed by using clever marketing strategies to fool the people into offering voluntary servitude into the system. Those who feel that the system is just or fair are either a.) Modern Lords or b.) too mired in the propaganda to undestand what has become of them.
I hope this helps you beter understand your recent awakening.
Originally posted by Gorman91
reply to post by GeminiSky
No it;s not, it's punishment. God said you earn the sweat of your brow. You till the Earth in anguish. He did not make it natural, because punishment is not natural.
Also, If you do what you love you don't really hate it and it's not that unnatural. It can be fun.
Originally posted by GeminiSky
reply to post by TomJoad
What about those of us whos life just turned out to be like this? Those of us who dont have the time or money to go to school and do something we love? those of us who never finished school and now cant leave the job to go back because they wont be able to pay rent?
Originally posted by Anokorok
I certainly once related to how you feel, and my family did too. Our solution was to get back to the land as my mother had once lived, just as she had grown up on a farm.
We live together on about 40 acres of land, all nine of us, each with our own strengths and weaknesses. One of us loves mechanics, another sewing, another carpentry, another cooking—we all have many talents and interests to help each other. When we need something or have a problem we know who to go to and help each other out without question.
The nearest town is over 20 km away, with an urban population of 2000. All our water comes from a well, and all our poop goes out into a lagoon. My only option for internet here is dial-up, which people find ironic 'cause I'm still quite the geek. We live just a kilometre from where the paved road ends. It's remote, but not too remote.
Come this spring, my brother and I are going to till another field and plant wheat. We already bake our own bread and grow a variety of food: tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, peas, carrots, potatoes, broccoli, and many more. We also raise chickens and turkeys too. But with the nine of us we still buy quite a lot of food from the farmers' market and the grocery store.
Complete self-sufficiency is difficult, so community is important. Some of us still work for money but only as entrepreneurs. My sister in-law once ran a small restaurant by herself and my brother is selling firewood right now. My stepfather and mother run a trucking business. Who knows where we will progress from here.
There's plenty of time for thinking, adventures, and relaxation out here. My brother went hitchhiking all across Canada last summer. I plan to cycle from Vancouver to Halifax this year, something I never thought I'd have the opportunity to do when I was stuck in this country's failing consumerist and debt-driven economy.
Currently I use my spare time learning how to generate electricity from sunlight using a parabolic reflector, which focuses the sunlight to a small point, and a Stirling engine, which turns the heat into mechanical power. In theory a 6-meter reflector will generate 10 kW of electricity at a system efficiency of 27%. If only I could figure out how to cost effectively and sustainably store the energy at night, then I could free my entire family from the power grid, greatly reducing our need for money.
This work makes me feel alive. I feel like I'm creating progress for myself and others, not stagnating. Chopping a few cord of wood and ploughing the fields is hard work but it only invigorates us to do more, knowing every bit of effort we put in helps everyone. It's way better than the days I spent $10,000 to write papers for professors teaching me what I could find online or in a library for free. Certainly it's way better than the days I came to a job 15 minutes early for a year without fail only to be harshly scolded the first time I came to work two minutes late.
My first and last job, in the contemporary sense, was working late evening shifts washing dishes at a bar. I couldn't even have a normal life... I'd come home exhausted and sleep all day, only to go back to work again and walk home afterwards at night on gang crime ridden streets. And that was only to barely make my rent, heating bill, and student loan payments. Sometimes all I would eat was oatmeal and multivitamins.
I couldn't stand it anymore and neither could my family living similar meaningless grinds. You work harder but still get the same pay...how does that even make sense? Here if I chop more firewood, I get more firewood chopped. If I plant more vegetables, I get more vegetables grown. Now that makes a whole lot more sense to me!
People use to tell me to stick to it, that everything would work out in the end, but I quit after my first year of college and roughed it on my own. My friends have graduated now and can't find work. All they got was an ageing piece of paper and $40,000 of debt. One of them joined the army because they saw no options left. Some have taken graduate school in hopes the economy will turn around and it'll all be fine once they're finished. I just shake my head as this global economy crisis further unfolds.
Some people say we're crazy, some tell us we're living a dream they'd only hope for when they retire. It's the only way we can see living though. My mother's retirement plan isn't some stupid retirement savings plan saving worthless dollars. It's us, her children and family.
From our hard work we can have peace of mind. There's food on the table, wood in the fire, water in the kettle, each other's company, and most importantly our liberty. The only thing more I could want is to see more people living with the liberty we do.
Whatever you do, don't ignore your feelings. Take them day by day to figure out the solution for you. It won't happen over night or by next year. But give it 5 years or more and you'll start seeing how the little decisions you take to solve those feelings will create meaningful changes and, with my every hope, to a day of liberty where your work means everything to you.
Originally posted by GeminiSky
reply to post by HomeBrew
I agree with that, however I would be happier just living of the land and working for my own survival, which in todays modern world is pretty much impossible.
Originally posted by GeminiSky
I recently started a new sales job, and while the pay is good, the hours are inhumane... most days we work from 9am to 9pm and only get 30 min for lunch! While observing my new found co-workers, I noticed that they have all become complacent, and dont even go out for lunch, they just sit in their cubicles munching on unhealthy junk food.