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  • Bill Harris
    Feb 6, 2002
      Lewis, You do not know me, I have been away. I am reminded of the lines
      from pulp fiction where Samuel Jacksons character has stated that he
      wishes to "wander the world" . John Travoltas character responds " Hell man.
      you just want to be a bum." Now I do not deny the proposition that the
      hobo life has its place. The true vagrant is a tough, resourseful fellow who
      lives proud, hardscrabble. Welfare, rent, selling poetry? Getting half
      fucked is not anything but blue balls. Bill
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Lewis Vella" <lewisvella@...>
      To: <existlist@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Saturday, January 26, 2002 2:00 PM
      Subject: [existlist] Part 3: Reasoning Metaphysics

      > Part 3: Reasoning Metaphysics
      > Now in regard to the aforementioned academics, I ask
      > them why not put your erudition to some constructive
      > use here, perhaps by offering us some remedial
      > propositions, instead of letting your gifted brains go
      > to such waste, that is, instead of burying your wisdom
      > in more self-defeating, impractical thinking. You may
      > recall that I, at least, offered some internal
      > recommendations for improving our domestic
      > circumstances -- very much in the Socratic form I
      > shall add, as they were much in harmony with that
      > ancient Greek philosopher's notion that the best
      > interest of the State is served by cultivating and
      > supporting the wise. Bobo, however, as usual, ignored
      > these positions of affecting change, preferring to
      > blame the 3rd World. Here, I'm in agreement with
      > Forest and, as such, shall merely reiterate some of
      > his wise words: "pointing a finger at corrupt 3rd
      > World politicians is futile when the present
      > state-capitalistic regime has exacerbated the
      > desperate circumstances of 3rd World economies."
      > But since Bobo has stated, "It is easy to ask
      > questions, its much harder to explain facts
      > critically," and to whom SWMirsky has seconded with
      > the question: "On what basis (is socialism superior to
      > capitalism)?", I shall hereby risk personal ridicule
      > and offer my own situation as a working example. For
      > the way I see it, though it may be easier to SUBVERT
      > or philosophically DECONSTRUCT what is actual and
      > real, to examine what is actual and real critically,
      > and to remain faithful to it, is much more rewarding.
      > Be this as it may, since I have nothing to lose and
      > all to gain, I shall now continue my earlier attempts
      > to examine the real and actual critically. And by
      > golly, again, I have to hand it to Gina for saying
      > "its all gist to the mill."
      > Firstly, then, allow me to return to one of my
      > original key questions which Bobo, on both lists, has
      > avoided entirely: "So what then should happen if a
      > 'has-not' refuses to surrender his potential services
      > to a 'have', that is, for e.g., his religious beliefs
      > would not allow his person to fit into the present
      > program? How is such a person to sustain himself?"
      > I have stated the above questions twice now, as I
      > would really appreciate some decent feedback on this
      > issue, mainly because it is not an exclusively far
      > away, remote thing (as in, say, limited to
      > Middle-Eastern circumstance), but is also something
      > that is very much at stake right here and now at home,
      > touching not only my own personal situation, but,
      > who's to say, how many other of our neighbors.
      > Take, for instance, my own resulting experience in
      > pursuing a personal existential quest over the last
      > ten years. In so doing, I have voluntarily rid myself
      > of a 'successful' small business, walked away from a
      > lucrative advertising career, only to find myself now,
      > after a lengthy Bohemian decade of spiritual
      > wandering, on the welfare line, being slowly coerced
      > to re-enter the 'labor force', as, according to my
      > social worker, I'd "be receiving a much higher income
      > just working at Macdonald's." Prior to welfare I was
      > making a living off the street, selling my poetry, but
      > the authorities told me I could not continue selling
      > my work without a permit, and that I would have to
      > move away my VW bus, which, at the time, was my home.
      > As I am not capable of surviving harsh Canadian
      > winters on the street, and living in a van is
      > virtually impossible with the city's increasingly
      > prohibitive parking regulations, I was forced to rent
      > a room. Now, as selling poetry on the street is not
      > only illegal but also will never come close to paying
      > a landlord $325 monthly, welfare has since picked up
      > my tab. Just to let you know facts, though: welfare
      > issues me $525/mth (about 350 U.S.) and this is to
      > cover food and shelter. I'm not complaining about the
      > money. I even made that clear to my social worker,
      > that is, after mentioning that flipping hamburgers for
      > a living doesn't exactly agree with my philosophy, I
      > told her I'm really not interested in receiving more
      > money, that I'm pretty much satisfied with my current
      > income and the minimalist lifestyle it inspires. In
      > fact, I think it is actually more healthy to both
      > myself and the environment (here I was thinking of my
      > old self-indulgent yuppie self of the '80s). To this
      > she answered, "Fine, then, keep your lifestyle but not
      > at our expense!" "That's exactly why I'm in your
      > office," I retorted, "to see how I may fit in with the
      > program and become self-sufficient. But it doesn't
      > seem I'm having much luck out there. I mean, everyday
      > I step out of my room and all I see are stores. I go
      > into these stores and no-one seems to be interested in
      > me." Here she clearly stated that going into stores
      > was not looking for work, and, then, she made me an
      > appointment -- tomorrow, as a matter of fact -- with a
      > non-profit employment agency. Now, I'm sure this
      > agency will more than likely find me a job, maybe even
      > actually offer me a chance to flip those hamburgers.
      > The only problem being, which I know quite well from
      > experience, is that our technological/industrial
      > machine is going to try, as best as it can, to cramp
      > my style. I mean, sooner or later, down the road, some
      > fine nice manager is going to impose the idea of me
      > flipping twice as many hamburgers as when I started.
      > This, he will justify by saying something like more
      > hours means more money which means you'll soon be able
      > to afford that latest computer system everyone's
      > talking about, as well as the niftiest Nintendo games,
      > though never mentioning that all of this shall soon
      > become obsolete, maybe even before I finish my last
      > payment (remember Celine's "Death on the Installment
      > Plan").
      > Worse still, however, that is, should I actually end
      > up flipping hamburgers, is that I no longer will be
      > able to write to you all. Not the way I currently do,
      > anyway. And I must tell you that I was growing quite
      > fond of this. Indeed, this writing habit I've
      > developed has so consumed my existence that I will do
      > almost anything to avoid that capitalistic regime that
      > awaits me, anything short of terrorism that is, as I
      > still value more than anything the sacredness of human
      > life, nay, I must add I value the sacredness of all
      > life period -- which is another reason why working at
      > Mcdonald's will be very upsetting to me.
      > But the day is not yet over and I say there is still
      > time for us to unite. Perhaps I may work my way out of
      > this somehow, so as to continue my correspondence. No
      > doubt, I'd love to carry on discussing 'feelings' with
      > the likes of Gina and Miha, or share my perspectives
      > on pornography and erotica aside June Vasilis', or
      > just to add fuel to the fire by piquing the fancy of
      > another intellectual with a new and original angle or
      > response -- even, if ever so often this means sending
      > more cryptic notices to a moderator, that is, to keep
      > him on his toes, if we may; all, of course, to
      > maintain our conducive breeding ground, and the
      > amazing seminal outflow of creativity we seem to be
      > spawning here.
      > Unfortunately, though, the way things are going it
      > doesn't seem very likely that my wish will come true.
      > It seems inevitable that I will lose much of the time
      > that I currently devote to the concerns here. I must
      > have thought of every possible recourse I may take to
      > continue as I have. Believe me, it's been quite a long
      > haul to even get this far, and I hate to see it, and
      > my identity -- and maybe even all our identities in
      > the very near future, for that matter -- become
      > totally subsumed under those prevailing 'powers that
      > be'.
      > Again, though, I see no solution to the dilemma. The
      > seemingly only effective option is to follow through
      > on what some of my friends and acquaintances have done
      > in the same situation. What they did was submit
      > themselves to psychoanalysis, admitting to, or even
      > sometimes fabricating, various dementias in order that
      > they may be diagnosed with a mental illness, like
      > schizophrenia for example. This qualified each of them
      > for a permanent disability income, something which
      > here in Ontario is good for just under a G-note (aprx
      > $700 U.S) per month. In fact, I know of one such
      > recipient, a conspiracy theorist, who currently
      > operates an elaborate socio-political-religious
      > website from his home. Now, aside from the fact that I
      > am perhaps a little jealous of the fact that he is
      > hooked online, worldwide, from the comfort of his
      > home, while I have to line up everyday at the library
      > to gain my limited internet access, the point I am
      > making, and the reason why I am not yet prepared to go
      > this route, is that I feel that there's something
      > insanely wrong and immoral with a society that fosters
      > such a situation, that is to say, such a situation
      > where for any free-thinking individual seeking wisdom,
      > like myself, for instance, it is advantageous for him
      > to claim, and to act like, he is 'sick' -- even if in
      > his very own inmost being, that is, in his heart of
      > hearts, he knows very well this is not true -- and, as
      > such, be guaranteed the necessities of life, than it
      > would be for him to be honest, claiming, instead, that
      > he's a healthy citizen of the Earth, working not only
      > for one's own self-realization, but also for the
      > self-realization of the State.
      > I ask you all now, do I make any sense here, or are
      > these thoughts just 'voices' in my head?
      > For the liberation, freedom
      > and survival of all of us, the people,
      > Lewis
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