The Best Thing You’ll See Today
My blog is only two and a half months old and I’ve been trying to establish a rhythm. I’ve been putting out my main posts on Tuesdays which tend to be longer content, with an additional post on Fridays. The Friday posts have been mostly Turnip FIRE! posts till now, but I’m going to start switching them between Turnip FIRE! posts and other content.
If you’re not familiar with Turnip FIRE!, please check it out if you have a second. They’re very short “satirical financial news” pieces written in the style of a certain famous website I’m sure you’re familiar with. I think we need more humor in life, and although I may not be that funny, I’m trying. Help me make money funny.
For the Friday pieces that will not be Turnip FIRE!, I will post about something cool or perhaps ridiculous that I’ve found on the web related to money, finances, or retirement. The mainstream media gives me plenty of fodder for the “ridiculous” category, so I think I’ll have options.
Today’s post however, is definitely about something cool. This is actually beyond cool, to me it’s an amazing piece of art:
Yeah, that was pretty amazing wasn’t it? In four minutes he beautifully and hilariously illustrates what so many (most?) Americans are doing with their lives.
They’re on a treadmill to nowhere of instant gratification, magic elixirs, new stuff, and medication. And they’re chained to their desks like mice caught in a trap working in jobs they hate to make the money necessary to get those things.
All in the desperate, fruitless pursuit of something called “happiness”. And the vicious cycle goes round and round.
As the video points out, society has assaulted us with the dogma that happiness can be bought. Be it coke, hot dogs, TVs, cars, pills, or liquor.
Once the “treadmill of stuff acquisition” is hopped on, it’s really hard to get off. Like George Jetson screaming to Jane for help, we’re stuck and we don’t know how to get off this crazy thing.
A good artist conveys a strong message in his or her art, and this guy hit a home run on this video. I had to watch it a few times to see all the funny stuff. Go slow through the escalator scene and take note of all the funny signs in the mall about buying happiness. This guy’s good.
Then there’s the kid spray painting the male-parts on the sports car when he’s stuck in traffic. I’m from Baltimore, I can totally see that happening in my hometown and it probably has.
The message is, your stupid sports car doesn’t matter. You’ll be happy for maybe a few months tops then you’ll probably be back to normal. And oh yeah, someone will ding the bumper parallel parking in the city and then kids will spray paint boy-parts on it. Just don’t bother.
I was glad to stumble upon this video and I hope you enjoy it too. It’s a perfect piece of art that illustrates the message we’re trying to send here in the financial independence community. Send it to your friends, family, or co-workers and let’s spread the FIRE!