Well, I’m sitting here at the train station almost half an hour early for the first train of the day, after already having lain awake in bed for over two hours before finally giving up and getting up.
I feel that I’m waking up earlier and earlier over time, but it’s not as though I go to sleep any earlier. I’ve been trying to be careful about when and how much I take in of caffeine, and allergy medication, and all that stuff, but adjusting it—or even leaving it out—seems to have minimal effect on my sleep patterns, though it does have its effects on my nasal passages.
I wish I could imagine that something were soon to come for me such as happened in the Stephen King novel, Insomnia. That would at least be interesting. But this has been going on for far too long to expect it to be part of some overarching, meta-cosmic chess game against the forces of the Random. For one thing, though those ideas make for a good story, they don’t hold up to logic in any kind of realistic sense, considering legitimate mathematics and physics and biology and chemistry and all that jazz. No, I’m just an insomniac because of chronic depression and other neuropsychiatric issues for which we have no cure and about which we only have limited understanding.
What a funny universe.
Oh, speaking of neuropsychiatric issues, I’m not going to be posting the transcript of my interaction with Amazon yesterday, after all. For one thing, they did at least end up delivering what they were supposed to deliver, albeit far later than it was supposed to be delivered, and it did what it was supposed to do. Anyway, it wasn’t the only thing that set me to feeling like I was hanging on by my fingernails yesterday, so I think a lot of the issue was with me.
I’m sure if you could read my interaction, you’d probably agree. I know, I know, you read enough of my lunacy here, how much worse could it be? Well, it’s hard for me to be objective—being the subject and object of the question—but I think that interaction will stay in draft form on WordPress, one of several things I’ve not ended up posting because they are just, well…too much. If the public were made aware of them, it might lead to me being involuntarily hospitalized, or euthanized, or something along those lines.
This is not to say I wouldn’t benefit from hospitalization—or even from being euthanized, frankly. I almost certainly would benefit from being hospitalized in a decent, well-run facility with supportive and qualified staff and whatnot. But who’s going to pay for something like that? I’d be more likely to end up in someplace run by some local county and/or the State of Florida, and the State of Florida does not do a very impressive job with such public services.
I attribute part of this fact to Florida’s past primary status as a retirement state, where people came who had already worked for decades, and had pensions and whatnot, as well as medical insurance and Medicare (once it existed), and tended, all else being equal, to be conservative just based on the fact of being older.
It does seem remarkable to me that Florida doesn’t have better healthcare than it does, given that it was formerly oriented toward retirement, and older people tend to require more healthcare than younger people. Not that there isn’t good medical care to be found; there is. But it’s not that impressive compared to, say, New York City and surrounding areas. Though maybe that’s an unfair comparison, since NYC is a fairly unique environment, even on a global scale.
I don’t know what point I’m making here, today, if any. My mind is not clear…not even close to it, because I’ve been chronically sleep deprived for I don’t know how long. God knows what I might be able to think and to accomplish if I were consistently well-rested and felt good about myself and the world. For all that I tend to hate myself, I do know that I am smart and fairly creative and have many abilities that are above average. I could do a lot of good in the world—or a lot of evil, too, I suppose, if that were my preference—if I were just able to come together.
Maybe not. Maybe I would do less good than I already do. Sometimes feeling bad about oneself can be more motivating than feeling at ease with oneself, or so I suspect. Sometimes having regrets and things for which one wishes one could make amends might motivate one to do more good than would a simple desire to do and to be good.
I’m not speaking too personally, here. While I certainly have never been a saintly figure, I’ve also not done much in the world to cause harm to other people—partly because I have so frequently felt the anger and rage and frustration rise up in me and cause me to wish harm on other people*, so I’ve developed quite good impulse control.
Anyway, that’s more than I have to say this morning. I’m not feeling well, I’m feeling very tired, I’m really not wanting to go to work, nor to stay at the house, nor to do anything else, frankly.
Maybe today I’ll try to work out a tune and even chords to that song the lyrics of which I came up with and mentioned sometime last week (or maybe two weeks ago). I doubt it, but stranger things have happened. In the meantime, well, if you’re near me, stay dry; it’s a slightly drizzly day, though it’s a bit warmer than earlier this week. Anyway, it’s south Florida, so it’s always pretty warm.
In winter time, I don’t know why all the homeless people in the eastern part of the country don’t just come down to south Florida. At least they wouldn’t freeze to death outdoors. But I guess if they were in a position to make sound plans and carry them out, then homeless people probably wouldn’t be homeless. I can sympathize.
I wish I could offer them better advice than “try to go someplace warm”, but it’s not as though I’m somebody who has it all figured out. I don’t think there is any such person, and I don’t think there ever has been. I’m deeply skeptical about even the possibility that there ever will be such a being, though I think it is possible to improve understanding and knowledge in an exponential fashion, at least until the Second Law of Thermodynamics makes everything else moot.
And given how long it is until that happens—on a human scale at least—it wouldn’t be such a surprise if future intelligent beings found ways around even such seemingly inevitable laws of physics. To paraphrase Carl Sagan, intelligent life can do an awful lot of good—by whatever measure you want to call it good—in a trillion years or more.
Of course, it could also crash and burn on every start, without exception. That would be a shame, but it wouldn’t leave the universe any worse off than it would have been otherwise, as far as I can see.
*For instance, I’ve thought more than once that it would be “nice” if we had the technology to instantiate a three-strikes failure-to-use-one’s-turn-signal system. In this system, any time you failed to signal before changing lanes or before turning, in anything but a true emergency, you would acquire (and be notified of) a strike, which would last for 1 week, to the hour, from when it occurred. When it expired you might be notified of that as well, or maybe not. Such details could be hashed out in planning and reevaluated over time. Anyway, with your second strike you would be given a stern warning and reminder of your status, and upon your third failure to signal within any given 7-day span, you would be disintegrated.