I’ve written about Jack Haas before here, the author of In and Of, a book that for me has deep meaning.
In one paragraph, he makes a succinct point about the way of the world, and it’s attitudes to those who wish to break away from the accepted norms….
“the insolent jerks who hide away in their overpriced sepulchres, and plot continually…on how to wreck life for those who are still living….you’ve got to live it to understand it.
You learn quickly what it’s like to exist in the feral domain of one who owns nothing in a world where everything is owned….(of being key-less in the world…meaning not owning anything which has a door or lock on it…no house, no office, no car, no mailbox, no storage locker…which shocked Rick, my friend…because he was toting around with him a heavy chain of the horrid devices….but his face showed a hint of envy and admiration…his way of saying “well done, man..now there’s a worthwhile accomplishment”).
Where fences and rules exist without limit, and you end up walking around in an inhospitable labyrinth in which you must keep moving….because…to stop…is against the rules and so you keep going, past the shops and buildings and houses, through the corridors of the maze of private ownership and the well-policed commons, around and around you go, with nowhere to lie down even, or sleep, only the chronic goad of signs, laws, walls and roads. A dog’s life indeed…a third world, haunted, homeless, beaten and kicked mongrel’s life…
Urban society is designed solely around making it so uncomfortable to be poor, that one is driven to succumb to the pointless and soul-destroying activity of passionless work, in order for each individual to simply have enough roubles in their pocket to rent a little cage and hide away from everyone else, who are hiding away in their own little cages….”