Sunday, June 30, 2013

Penal labour

Not only criminals are sentenced to hard labour.
There are more than 27 million slaves in the world today.
They are treated as someones property and forced to work.
Many of these slaves are children.

And millions of people live their lives
in third world sweatshops under horrible conditions,
twelve hours a day of hard labour, seven days a week,
forced by circumstances and poverty.
The alternatives are starvation or prostitution.
They are free to choose between pest or cholera, so technically they are not slaves.
They are free men and women in a free world.

Freedom is a wonderful thing, isn't it?
You are free to choose between so many good bargains, fancy clothes,
electronic devices, toys for your children. A free market is a blessing.
And poor people in the third world don't have to prostitute themselves
or sell their children to European weirdos.
You have to find peace within yourself.
You have to live in the present moment.
You have to open your eyes to all the beauty around you.
You must not think too much.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Realistic pessimism

You are sentenced to death.
Have you forgot?
Don't play dumb.
We're all in the death row, waiting.