Greetings Constant Reader:
Those of you who read the Beef every month may
have noticed that last month there was no Beef. When I started this
web zine I started this column thinking that it would be easy to
rant about something that was bothering me that month. In fact,
I figured that I would have an overabundance of stuff to rant about
in print. Just a drive to the grocery store is enough to keep me
in material for months...I thought. Unfortunately, ranting about stuff
while driving and finding the time to sit down and write about it
are two different things. So This Month's Beef is about issues I
have with time.
Why is it that our time is eaten up with things
we don't like doing. Utilitarian errands and work over run all of
our lives, while artistic endeavors are left piled up next to the
computer, the toilet and the bed waiting patiently for a little
attention. Everyone complains about not being able to take part
in art, socializing or hobbies because of the more mundane demands.
The truth is that none of these things are as profitable as regular
work. Most work is destructive. It uses paper, electricity and water
in unreasonable amounts, while activities like sorting recycling,
riding bikes and showering with a loved one must be done on our
own time. So I beg the question, why is it more profitable to be
destructive than constructive? (I asked RU Sirius this question
in the front page interview, see what he had to say.) Could it be
that we have no serious interest in running our lives in a constructive
manner? There are plenty of artists who give up mainstream living.
Maybe it's just me.
I would ramble on about this subject, but I
am typing this at work and I have to get back to IT. As usual, I
only have time for the questions and not the answers.