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Something I wish I could do

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Disappear.

How nice would it be to just disappear?

I’m not talking about disappearing in a being able to turn invisible kinda sense, although that would be a very nice skill/ability to have.

No I mean fall off the grid kinda disappear. No stress, No worry, No responsibility. No government or Big Brother monitoring everything you do. Total freedom.

Just imagine it, a nice little island somewhere, away from prying eyes. A lovely little cottage and some farm land so that you can grow crops, hunt and fish. Take a large selection of books with you. Truly a blissful life.

Instead here in the UK you have no hope of disappearing. Everything you do is tracked and monitored. There are CCTV cameras everywhere. They keep tabs on what you say to make sure you don’t commit a thought crime, they are going to start blocking and banning websites and require you to show your passport or driving license to get a 16 digit code that you enter to access them.

I don’t believe for a minute it’s just porn sites in case anyone is going to say “but it’s only for porn sites because think of the children”. No. Bad person saying that. Don’t be an idiot. It’ll start that way, but once they can block those sites it’ll morph into “adult content” which will never be defined to allow it to cover anything they want. Dangerous and offensive ideas and speech, again though what does that mean?

Once you ban or block one thing, it becomes a lot easier to start banning and blocking others.

This is probably setting off all the red flags with the Spooks. I’ll be added to a special list and before long I’ll be in a re-education centre.

This has got very political but this actually terrifies me. This is important. All you have to do is pause for a second, take a look at it and you can see from a mile off where this is heading. Why? Because this is the way it always go. They always say they are doing it with these good and wonderful reasons, because it’s moral, because it’s right, because think of the children. Just remember; “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.

How I wish I could just disappear and escape this madness.

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My favourite Rush song

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Rush.

Well what else can I do other than put a link to my favourite Rush song?

Something I don’t have

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Patience.

I don’t have much, if any, patience.

If I am going to do something, I am going to do it. I’ve already thought about it, debated it in my mind, planned out what I want to do and how, so now I just want to do it.

There is nothing worse than trying to walk somewhere only to be stuck behind someone walking slowly or blocked by someone in a doorway, narrow corridor or path, as they stand around chatting. Get out-of-the-way!

The thing that keeps me up at night

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Awkward.

As the title of this post says. This is the thing that keeps me up at night.

Specifically it’s the memories of all the awkward and stupid things that have happened to me in my life or that I’ve done in my life.

Sadly that is a list a lot longer that I’m willing to admit to. And yes that includes even myself.

I can go years without remembering some of these instances but in those moments when I’m alone and everything is quiet, or just as I am about to drift off to sleep, BAM! There they are. Playing over and over again in my head.

It’s like one of the worst kinds of torture imaginable because there is nothing you can do. You know what is about to happen, you know the cringe you are about to inflict upon yourself or the opportunity you are about to miss, and you just have to watch it happen and know that it happened.

I shudder just thinking about some of them while others make me feel sick.

I hate this prompt so I’m leaving it here. It’s already forced me to remember things I’d rather not remember.

And yes I know I didn’t actually share any of those memories. What do you think I am? Mad? I’m taking them to the grave.

One of the things I hate most

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Inefficient.

Inefficient, a word that describes every politician and their policies and ideas.

In fact you know what, let’s take it a step further. The whole political and bureaucratic system here in the UK is inefficient.

It is the mother of all inefficiency. Every piece of inefficiency in the world was dreamt up and created by the political and bureaucratic system of the UK.

The only thing that they are efficient with is delivering inefficiency and dreaming up new methods of being inefficient.

It’s hard to imagine how it could be any more inefficient.

Any attempts to improve it, to make it more efficient, to make it more modern and streamlined end up getting nowhere because they are met by a wall of inefficiency and end up getting lost in the system.

I think they love it. They get a sense of joy out of it. They love being able to tell you that you have to jump through all these hoops, fill in all this stupid paperwork, spend years of your life complying with it all, only to be told at the end that you mind a tiny error somewhere along the line and now you will have to start all over again.

Genie

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Genie.

Something I’d love to have but hate to be.

Can you imagine how awful it would be to be a genie? Trapped in that little lamp? Only being let out to grant some selfish pricks wishes whenever they want them fulfilled. Oh and then once they’ve used up all their wishes, they just leave you in that lamp until the next prick discovers you and wants to use you. No thank you.

But if I had a genie. If I was that selfish prick. I could make some real changes to the world and I don’t buy into that be careful what you wish for crap. All that will happen is life will be more interesting.

Narcissism

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Narcissism.

Narcissism – the point where you have just a little too much confidence and become insufferable to those around you.

I would say a little narcissism isn’t bad but the whole point of narcissism is it is excessive. The definition on Google says as such:

excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance

OK sure you can debate what is excessive but by doing that it sounds like you are a bit defensive about being called a narcissist. It’d just be so much easier if everyone just accepted your awesomeness and appreciated it as much as you do.

This is a weird one for me because while I don’t think I am a narcissist, I think social media has turned everyone into one a little bit and I know I have fallen into that trap.

Every time you share something on social media – a picture of you on holiday, a picture of your dinner, a video of you making or talking about something – you get to see how many people viewed, how many liked it and that feels good. It’s a nice little ego boost.

Even this blog post I am writing right now falls into that trap. I’ll keep an eye on it, partly because I get those little notifications up in the corner, but also because every time I see a post I’ve written gets a like or a comment it makes me happy.

I write what I want. I write what I think is funny and/or interesting. I try not to censor myself or be afraid to voice an opinion that may be unpopular or go against the grain.

But every time I see that little notification that says someone liked the post or left a comment, I smile. It makes me happy. It’s a nice feeling.

It’s the same when I record a video and put it up onto YouTube. Seeing the number of views, likes and comments they get.

It’s easy to see how such things can lead people to becoming narcissists. The positive feedback feels good.

Equally it’s easy to see how it can lead people to feeling depressed. It’s horrible to spend a large amount of time recording a video or writing something and for it to either not get viewed or downvoted. Personally I think the not getting viewed is worse, all that effort and no one sees it?

The sad thing is, I don’t think there’s much you can do to change how it works.

To the core

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Core.

I wonder what it would be like to travel to the Earth’s core? I know it’s not going to be like Jules Verne “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” or anything similar like in the hollow Earth theory. There won’t be any living dinosaurs or uncontacted civilisiations, no Nazi’s that went into the Earth with super technology – not that I’m disappointed there are no Nazi’s hiding in a hollow Earth I want to be clear – but I bet it would still be an incredible journey and an amazing sight.

Although now that I think about it, you probably wouldn’t be able to look at it, the core that is, without your eyes melting or something.

Do flat Earthers, who are inexplicably making a comeback, recently, believe the Earth has a core? How thick do they think the Earth is? Is the Earth like a thin crust or deep pan pizza? Why has no one fallen off the edge?

I would love to meet someone who genuinely believes the Earth is flat, I have like a million questions for them.

I wonder if they would travel to the Earth’s core with me or would they be too scared that we will drill right through the Earth and fall through the bottom of it?

Complication

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Complication.

There is no such thing as a complication, they are merely unexpected challenges for you to overcome.

Or quit at.

It all depends on how hard a challenge it is to be honest.

To boldly go

My response to the Daily Prompt titled Explore.

There’s a sentiment about our time period that I’ve seen floating around the internet that reflects nicely my feelings on the topic of explore.

“Born to late to explore the Earth. Born too soon to explore space.”

I may have modified it slightly, but you get the point.

The Earth has by and large been explored. There’s no, we’ve just found a new continent or society or civilisation or anything like that. Imagine how amazing it must have been to discover that there’s a whole new continent, with people’s and societies and ways of life, that you never knew about. All those new things to learn and discover. It must have been a really exciting time.

Sure we still get the occasional  new discovery in the jungles and the like, new plant or animal species, maybe some undiscovered ancient ruins, but it doesn’t have the wow factor of discovering a whole new continent.

So we can’t explore the Earth and space travel still looks to be some way off so we can’t explore that either. Annoyingly we are stuck in between the two.