OK, one last attempt at thinking for the night, then I'm out of here,
The Subgenius Church comes down fairly hard on the concept of "work",
and in the sense it speaks of, I agree. Wage slavery, performance of
mindless drudgery for a meaningless reward, all that crap is certainly
not appealing to most Subgenii, and indeed not particularly appropriate.
Perhaps it has some place to the normals, but I can't speak for the normals,
I have enough damn trouble speaking for myself right now. Anyway, I
have a different conception of the word "work". "Work" to me is anything
that requires substantial effort to accomplish. Note by this definition
most CAREERS aren't really work; for me, SCHOOL isn't really work, and never
has been; the real work comes elsewhere, and is much more rewarding in
any case. For me, it's much more difficult for me to walk up to a girl
and say, "You know, you really have a gorgeous septum" than to do most of
the crap people nowadays call "work". And I *would* wind up saying
something like that; everything I say can be easily interpreted as humour.
It's got many advantages. If people aren't ready for what I'm saying,
they can always pass it off as a "joke" rather than foisting their
shit onto me, and if someone responds with "That's not funny" (to a
Subgenius, this is the ULTIMATE INSULT), I can always say, "No shit,
it wasn't SUPPOSED TO BE...". Also, it is easier to get people to listen
to what you say if you adopt an IRONIC TONE about it. Marlon Brando
got accused of being pedantic, arduous, and having a one-track mind
whenever he would talk about the American Indian instead of sharing in
the usual hollywood gossip bullshit. That kind of approach doesn't
hardly ever get you laid, and tends to get a lot of people RESENTFUL of
you; since this isn't a Subgenius World Order yet, watching one's enemies
is important. The critic chumps can still accuse you of being "downbeat",
"obsessive", "unhip", all that crap, but that's kind of moot, because
it's not LESTER BANGS' approval that's important.
So, anyway, I wouldn't exactly call the DIFFICULT stuff I do "fun", or
party time, or anything; "work" is pretty much the best word for it, with
my own idiosyncratic inflection.
GOD IS NOT MOCKEDSo