The picture above is just a random photo from my library. This here is more of a diary entry, and not so much about the photo. Today I had to go on errands, I basically had a bit of paperwork and wanted to drop the paperwork at the authorities. I like it this way, because I let them copy the paperwork, and I won’t leave if I don’t get a date stamp on my original. In this world, where everyone wants to pee on your knees (as we say in Germany if someone wants to cause issues), it’s better to be a perfectionist. And guess how often the stupid time stamp helped me in the past? I just can say that it helped me quite often because “We still need the papers, they never arrived” is nothing new to me. Even better when you then can say “Look, I think you’re kidding me, because I have the original with a stamp of you guys”.
I can’t tell you how much I hate it to deal with public authorities. I can’t think of anything that is more annoying. With that said, I was a bit pissed that I had to go there in the afternoon. But then I thought it would be nothing else than a nice hike, because the weather was great. So, I did put the papers in my camera bag. I thought if I have the camera with me, I can go hiking after I am done with the authorities. But it came different, I left the building and it got into my mind that a friend lives in that district. It was now around 6 PM and I thought he might already be at home. I called him and he said “I am in 10 minutes at home, you can visit me”. Together we went into a store and bought four Alster (pretty popular in Northern Germany, it’s basically beer mixed with soda). I think you in England it’s called shandy, huh?
You know, modern life keeps us all very busy, sometimes too busy. It’s sad, but there are tons of things that can make it difficult to visit your friends regularly, it starts with issues like rotating shift work and what not. This particular friends for example is trucker, and not always in the city, unless he’s driving between Lübeck and Hamburg like he’s doing right now. I knew this, because at the moment he is sometimes at home in the afternoon. One big plus is if you see a friend just two times a month, is that you have a lot more to talk about, because so much things happened. I mean, we still know what the friends are up to, because with the modern life, there is also modern communication like messaging apps and what not. But that’s rather used for tiny side notes. Nothing beats the traditional chat, face to face in the same room.
We talked two hours straight, because there was so much to say. And like always, the Alster was super delicious! In the third hour we did put on his Xbox. As a PC gamer, I am not really a fan of the Xbox, because I need a mouse and a keyboard, and not a gamepad. On the other side, it made it even more funny. We laughed a lot, because I am totally not used to the Xbox gamepad. We played Call of Duty and after that we played GTA5 on his PC. But it was not like sitting in front of the PC, because he has a video projector, which means we had a big picture of the games on the wall. Pretty cool!
Before I went home, we made some bad comments about life. I think older people just accepted how life works, but I see this trend that people in my generation can’t understand why you have to work your ass off so that someone else gets rich, while you barely survive. Most people can’t even afford holidays, they’re just working 10 hours each day and are happy if they still have money by the end of the month. Not to mention that it’s a constant loop of working, getting food, eating and sleeping. You’re completely exploited. People in my generation might be part of this loop, but they hate it so much that there will be always a comment at the end “God, I wish we would be young again, with no obligations, just living a life”. The social criticism is there, because it’s a sad fact, you can’t even see your friends regularly, even if you would like to. They would have fewer difficulties to accept it if they would actually benefit from their jobs, but quite often this is not the case.
To be honest, there are people who found ways out of this black hole. But this particular friend for example gets absolutely exploited by the company he works for. He told me about the pressure, about the payment and how he has barely free time. The end of the work day is for him really just that, getting food, eating, and being too exhausted to enjoy the remaining free hours. Of course I suggested to look for a better job, but this is usually just a sidenote too, because everyone knows that the never-ending search for a better job is troublesome too. Not to mention that it is a security if you have a job, even if it is a shitty job. If you ask me, it’s no wonder if people get burned out, and if this eventually leads to early retirement at the expense of health insurance funds or government funds, it’s a totally deserved retirement for the person.
This sounds like we just talked about the bad things in life. But that’s not the case. We talked about the good things too. But work and pressure will always come up at some point. But since this is not a subject that one person complains about, almost everyone around me does it, you can’t get around the question “What type of society is this, that burns so many people out, while just a tiny percentage takes the profit?”. You know what happens when politicians or media says “It’s not as bad as you think, because in Africa they don’t even have good water”? This is causing hatred, because it’s denial. These are the reasons why people come up with terms like “Lügenpresse” (lying press or media). This is the reason why nearly everyone I know hates the politicians of the established parties, and why nearly everyone I know wants a disruptive political change. And ironically, we come closer to a change with each election, because they just don’t see how they upset people. They are very good at pouring oil into the fire.