Whew. You would think that after a day off, I would be more wide-awake this Monday morning. However, you would be wrong if you thought that. It’s not as if I did anything that drained my energy yesterday. I did my laundry, for what that’s worth. I watched some fan-reactions to Doctor Who episodes by the Gallifrey Gals, which is fun, but it’s not exactly draining, and I’d seen them before. I didn’t even watch any golf or football, nor did I even play any PS4-based golf myself, which I sometimes do on the weekend. I just lolled about. The only words I even spoke to other people were in 7-11 when I got some food, and a passing “Hola” in response to the same from my new housemate when she was outside, and I was on my way to said 7-11.
I am tired. Physically, I mean. I feel that hitherto, Mondays have been the days in which I often write longer posts about more disparate subject matter than during the rest of the week, and I had guessed that was because of having a day off the day before. Today, however, I don’t think I’m going to be doing that. In fact, I can’t really think of an interesting topic.
I considered making an announcement that, okay, I’m not going to be writing about my distress anymore, about how I could really use some help if anyone has the wherewithal, otherwise I’m sure I’m going to die soon, because I’ve said it already, over and over, and no one is coming to help, and it’s just getting boring, and continues to be frustrating. Well, I don’t think I’m going to make any “official” policy statement along those lines right now, because I don’t like to make promises (or threats) about such things, since I honestly usually don’t know how my moment-to-moment decisions might change.
I will just say that I’m veering along those lines. I would dearly love it if anyone out there were able to help me, and had the inclination, since I don’t appear able to help myself, but I don’t think there’s any such person out there, and I doubt it would be worth anyone’s while, anyway. What would be the point? How could anyone gain at all, in any way, by helping something like me not to die? There’s probably even a secret addendum to the Hippocratic Oath that specifies that, as part of the ethos of doing no harm, it’s better not to help people like me, since to keep me around is, by the nature of my being, a net harm to the world.
I don’t really think there is such a hidden bit to the Hippocratic Oath, by the way. I’m sort of joking. I know, it’s not very funny.
I’ve said before that I wish I had a drug problem or an alcohol problem, because those would rapidly become impossible to ignore, and there are more readily available resources for people dealing with those. But I just don’t seem prone to such things. One of my biggest problems, ironically, is that I’m able to keep moving forward in many different situations—not necessarily well, but to survive and remain superficially stable—for a long time. I’m able to survive, even if only by the proverbial skin of my teeth, well past any point where there’s any good reason for me to do so, and I’m able to do it without causing undue drain on society, so to speak.
It’s really annoying.
I suppose there are probably a lot of people who, if they thought about it, are in a similar situation. There’s the old quote—I don’t recall who said it—about how most men live lives of quiet desperation (and I assume it referred also to women). I think it probably describes a great many people in the world, people scrambling every day to get by, to survive, to avoid overt disease and injury, with the goal simply of getting to the next day to do the same thing.
Now, for people who have family and friends with whom to spend time, I’d say that daily effort is almost certainly worth it. There may be no real external meaning to life or the universe, but being with one’s friends and those one loves in general surely makes such considerations not very important.
For people who have issues socializing and who cannot be with the people they love—because those whom they love don’t necessarily want to be with them—it can be a real grind. It’s hard to take a speculative approach to it, with the idea that if one just waits long enough or keeps trying, keeps going, their loved ones will come back to them, or they’ll meet new people they’re able to be close to, or something like that. It feels too much like a person at a casino who keeps playing because they imagine that, sometime in the future, if they just keep playing, they’re going to hit a huge streak of luck, or someone who keeps playing the lottery expecting that, someday, they’ll win it big.
The odds are not with you. If simple perseverance would guarantee eventually coming out ahead, then the casinos and the lottery would not be in business; they would have long ago gone bankrupt. In the long run, on average, the house wins…and it wins well enough that it’s not really even a near thing.
Ah, well, it’s all pretty absurd, so expecting or hoping for lives that are deeply rational from an objective point of view is probably too much to ask, at least as a starting point. Maybe that could be a civilizational aspiration, to strive to make a world where most people can live rewarding, satisfying lives in which they can pursue useful and meaningful projects and be with people they love and who love them. It’s probably not happening to most people most of the time right now, but I don’t think the laws of physics forbid it from coming to pass.
It’s entirely possible that, overall, for most of the world, better days really are coming. But I don’t think it’s the case for me. My stake is almost spent, and I don’t think I’m even going to have any chips to cash out when I stop playing. I guess that’s the way it goes. In the end, everyone breaks even.