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Ubiquitous Assimilation

What is ubiquitous assimilation?  This three minute clip from the 2011 film, Detachment sums up what it means really nicely.

I am pretty sure that no sensible person can argue about the fact that we live in a period of time where society suffers from ubiquitous assimilation in a way that is scarily similar to the Borg.

As a Tiny Houser, I would like to think that the Star Trek: Next Generation writers were wrong.  The Borg are science fiction characters, right?  Sadly, I don’t think the concept of them is really so far fetched.  I think that most people claim individualism but really, in this society, your distinctiveness is not assimilated into the group; Borgists of the world have their distinctiveness written over, disposed of, like an old floppy disk.

This Borgism applies heavily to the way that we live.  The marketing holocaust reaches into every area of our life right down to how we live.  Really, I would like to believe that we do not live in a world where everyone is not madly consuming stuff.  Taking way more than they need, building huge homes which they cannot afford, filling them with stuff that they also cannot afford… just because advertising, television, and social pressure are telling them that this will make them happy.  Assimilate, assimilate, assimilate… shop, shop, shop… CONSUME!

The crazy that is packed into this doublethink is lost on most people.  I can’t tell you how many people I have heard bragging about the fact that they LOVE to shop… Love to buy… Even LOVE to be capitalists!  Funny but these people never seem that happy.  The seem too busy, too rushed, with never enough time to sit for a coffee.  They don’t have time to enjoy any moments.  They explain that they “gotta get to work, gotta get to the mall… My life is too busy to stop” they say.

Ubiquitous assimilation/doublethink.

I encourage you to consider if any of this post applies to your own housing and/or your stuff collection situation.  Does this apply your life in any way at all?

I am not saying that you should all buy land, build a Tiny House and set up a farm.  This would be as absurdly Borgist (though not as wasteful or consumeristic) as the current big pile of crap in a big house.  When everyone does the same thing it is conformity.  a Tiny House may not fit your NEEDS.  I am not asking you all to mould yourself into something that does not fit you.

The current way of life for most of us in the (so called) developed world is not something that every person should want to do… still, they do it.  What I do ask is that you to consider is all that stuff really making you happy?  Or, is the way you live your life being constructed and ruled by marketing.  Are you living beyond your needs and if so, whom are you are making happy while complying with the ubiquitous assimilation to advertising and consumer culture?

It is obvious, that this constant assault of advertising has created huge social pressure because it has triggered in us the need to do better so that we can be measured by some artificially constructed corporate concept of success.  It is human nature (for most of us) to want to be accepted and looked up to, but are we doing this in a way that is truly giving us a better quality of life?  Are we happy?  Are you happy?

I ask you, have you been Borged or are you still an individual?

Too, if you have just now come to understand that you have been Borged, are you already so much a part of the corporate collective that you can no longer escape it and find your individual route?

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Seeing Next Week

I am grudgingly still in the city way over on the South West side of the big lake.  I don’t like it a bit and miss being at THO on the North East.  I have to stay here until late next week because I have to see an eye specialist.  I am afraid that my eyesight is running away from me faster than it should and with some (a lot) of eye issues on both sides of my family, it is time.  I need, as did my 89 year old grandmother, to use 3.75 glasses to read and often suffer with aches behind my eyes.  Granted I do spend a lot of time using the green devils at the top of my face, I am hoping they are just tired, not sick and tired.

The family has left to go home to Germany which is another reason that I came here, it was lovely to see them.  Too, I also had to see my dentist and I am glad to be done with it, I had a good cleaning, but must go back for a crown on a tooth that has been wobbly since I was about 14 years of age.

I think I am too young to be falling apart!  I am just in my mid 40’s but I am not as fit as I would like to be and yet I refuse to go to the gym and stop eating candy, so I can’t want youth as badly as I think I do.

It will be 7 days exactly from this day that I arrive back home at THO and start connecting the wiring in.  I have to say I am pretty darn excited about this!   For now, I wait and dream about the Tiny House in the forest.

 

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”  ~ HD Thoreau

 
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Disorganized, lovely day, to read

I am not sure why I am so drastically disorganized this year.  Today, for example, I went to the Pagan Festival in Kingston in front of City Hall, except I was a week early.  I hope I can remember to go again next week when it is really on.  I want to see the Norse sword work.

There was nothing lost because, the day is gorgeous here in the Kingston area and it is just nice to sit around the house both in and outside with my dogs.

I had to read a draft for a fellow writer in Hamilton and this is a good place to read quietly.  I will write this post and head back because there is a book by a fellow Canadian writer, Bianca Lakoseljac, that I started last week and have not found the time until today and thus I would like to finish reading it.

What would you do if you were here today?

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Cree Prophecy (Remix)


only after the last industrial factory is closed
and the last call centre relocates to the Third World
only after the last research study rationalizes further austerity
and the last government support program is cancelled
only after the last soup kitchen is shuttered
and the last food bank empties its shelves
only after the last public housing project is sold off
and the last health benefit is eliminated
only after the last day care centre is decertified
and the last homegrown corporation swallowed by a multinational
only after the last government function is privatized
and the last private company is downsized then liquidated
only then will you find
that your precious tax cuts cannot be eaten.

This post is courtesy of Canadian spoken word artist, Greg “Ritallin” Frankson who you can find more about at http://www.cytopoetics.ca/

© A. Gregory Frankson, 2012. All rights reserved.

 

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Big Day, Big Shift!

Today Tiny House Ontario reached 30,000 reads.  I have to say that I really had not expected this when I started this blog back on November 30 2011, less than 8 months ago.  I had intended to keep my interested friends up to date on what I was up to because they are all spread out and I don’t see them a lot.  Basically, I thought it would be easier than explaining what a Tiny House is, over and over again; so it was a laziness thing!

To say that I am surprised at the interest, would be a vast understatement.  Thank you all very much!  I am very flattered by the attention Tiny House Ontario has received.

Speaking of attention, tomorrow is my interview with KBOO Radio from Portland, Oregon!  Oh my!

The other big thing for me is that I am in Hamilton in order to do some work on my book.  I have printed what I have transcribed and will work on transcribing the rest.  What I mean is that draft number one of my book is ready.  I am sure that there is a lot of work to still do on it, nonetheless… it is now nearly all typed up and in a paper format waiting for its first edit by yours truly!

Back to you folks!  Should you wonder, here is where my readers are coming in from for the last quarter of a year:  I notice that I am back up in Canadian readers again, last quarter they were about par with friends to the South.

Thank you very much for reading about Tiny House Ontario!

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