Danger

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The problem with the obsession with eliminating danger from the world is that reward comes from risky.

When I say reward, I am not referring to financial reward that the old school capitalist world has sold us. That reward has only created the mass money making machines of the industrialised world, where precision like productivity churns out bland, homogenised stuff and trinkets for the masses.

I am talking about a more spiritual, meaningful and fulfilling reward of happiness from taking a risk and succeeding.

The woes of modern life for many in the developed world is caused by the sanitised life we lead, marching like zombies to the ‘factory’ to produce mainly unnecessary stuff for the masses to consume.

Even in the glitzy, buzzing world of ‘start-ups’ and entrepreneurs, many are in fact poorly paid lackeys of angel investors and VC funds, many have sold their soul to be ‘investor ready’ and the risk is lessened.

Now the weird and artisanal are rising up to live dangerously and create something risky and different. They are serving ever-increasing niche markets of the connected world. The reward they get is doing something they love and the sense of fulfilment is huge.

The more different, the riskier it is, and the personal reward is bigger. It’s the rush of excitement that is missing for many.

Danger is exciting, safe is dull. We are not here on this planet to be safe. As the human race, we didn’t migrate from the plains of East Africa 70,000 years ago to reach 2016 by playing it safe, by not relishing some danger.

Live a dangerous life – it’s fun.

You are nearing the end of the escalator

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Today, as I was walking up the escalator at Euston Station, which I do most weekdays, I noticed that TFL had invested in some swanky new signs, yet more health & safety overload, that informed passengers of the various ‘hazards’ of using an escalator!!!

Such useful tips as ‘hold the hand rail’ and ‘you are nearing the end of the escalator’. What made me laugh, was just how much we have been conditioned to accept this kind of stuff. We see it as so normal that we are being programmed to believe, that without all this ‘protection’ and information, we would be unable to think for ourselves, unable to travel around without injuring ourselves on escalators.

How has the human race survived this long. Perhaps, inventing escalators, without such warnings, might have led to our eventual demise. ‘Mass carnage at escalators, threatens humankind’ could have been the headline if it wasn’t for the intervention of TFL.

The thing is, we are now creating a world, where we do not have to think for ourselves. That is exactly what the establishment wants, total compliance, and not to question or think on our own.

So be careful out there, risks are everywhere!! Perhaps, in future we will have removed all chance and what a dull, pointless world it will be. A world where the masses shuffle like drones, to and from the ‘factory’, eking out an existence, safely following instructions and rules.

For me, I’m happy to trip on an escalator, if that means there is the risk of something exciting in life.

Perhaps, it could be changed to ‘you are nearing the end of your life, take a risk turn around and walk back down the escalator.’