International Airports make me think

Physically, conveyor line systems comprise varied levels of hard, steel, often rubber-coated cylinders and wheels revolving by powered thrust on highly refined precision-made bearings. From the planes I just flew in, to the wheeled carry-ons and moving walkways between terminals, the single most unifying factor between them is rotation by wheel and the movement of goods in almost any form from people to personal effects and masses of manufactured products of any type at all. There can be no doubt that in the interests of global dominance in spheres of every kind, organisations and governments cannot survive without creating demand for dynamic fashion, especially in the form of consumable goods and products. Since the very eve of the Industrial Revolution, travel has become ever more a series of conveyor-belt systems comprising flight paths, tunnels, passages, lines, roads, canals and more. Moving large volumes of goods and people efficiently and with speed has become increasingly more important because shifting global boundaries that hitherto hindered organisations and companies enables them to increase their exploits throughout the world to produce the cheaper goods fashion demands. In all areas of life I find people controlled by one or more of several influences; speed and efficiency, financial and economical costs in the economy of time and ease of work and productivity. In the artificial world in which we find ourselves compelled to live out life we find ourselves seeking help to create personal fulfilment and so create artificial ways of increasing wellbeing by way of artificial exercise, physical work, rest and so on through something we now call recreation.

Shifts in the way we think

I think it takes a paradigm shift to think of another possible alternative reality; that we might do much better to see any leisure time we have as real time for our real work and our so-called worklife as more the mere means of providing financial support. This does not mean that we in any way defraud our employers or customers, but simply ensure that we prioritise our loyalty and dedication in work life to that vocational calling we are otherwise unable to follow. No matter how bad our jobs are, we should always strive to give our best performance, but the difference now is that we are not trying to make it a place where we try to in some way artificially fulfil our lives or stimulate false hopes, but perhaps use it to even transition our love for a certain type of work our culture no longer needs or values.  That way we see it and deal with it realistically and we are not disappointed by what we do, or live with false expectations that somehow how much we sell ourselves for will in some way bring fulfilment. Anyone can become a potter or a blacksmith, a boat builder or a photographer if they invest their energy in following their vocational calling. It takes time and rote repetition to the point of repletion to become the master of anything. Don’t settle for anything less than personal excellence. The odds will always seem impossible, but, for some reason, when we see something is impossible, that’s when we become best able to do it.

The doorknob’s on your side of the door. Open the door. Get off the conveyor belt!!!

One comment

  1. Bruce Mack says:

    Thank you Mr. Sellers. The time we have for craft and tactile feedback is sufficient to nourish if only an hour or two a week. We have a fine instrument, the imagination, to amplify and refine the experience. When time permits we will be ready.

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