I heard life was a Low-Level Panic.
Life is an endless trickling stream of frustration.
Life is a chinese water-torture.
Life is the quiet rumblings of an oncoming earthquake that never hits (but never ends).
Life is a long list of things you can’t do and you can’t change and you will always regret.
You’re lucky though.
The modern world has developed ways to cope.
Fake remedies (the beauty industry)
Mindless distractions (the internet, social media)
False hopes (self-help books)
Pretend power (democracy, petitions, peaceful protest)
The culture that hurts you pretends it can heal you.
The world that separates you thinks it can connect you.
They’ll tell you:
The most useful emotion in this life is not bravery or love or anger.
It is nothing so noble or romantic.
The most useful emotion is acceptance.
A cool, suburban, comfortable acceptance.
Dull, utilitarian acceptance.
Don’t ask too many questions.
Don’t try and find out how the world really works.
Don’t ask to see the man behind the screen.
This only leads to revulsion.
And revulsion leads to anger.
And anger can be terrifying.
Low-level frustration is easy to accept.
And for them.