Why am I here? Well I guess that the short answer would be that my best friend set it up and told me to join, but perhaps I can give a little more detail than that…
The description of the site talks about The Night Shift as being a place for those who are lost. Lost is a word that describes me pretty well these days. After finishing university a few years ago, I was so sure I knew the direction my life was going to move in. I felt confident and secure in the knowledge that I had a Life Plan and I was going to do something that mattered. Fast forward several years and none of my plans have yet materialised. I am in “full time” employment for a multinational energy company, I’m paid a relatively poor wage, work approximately 25-30 hours of unpaid overtime a week and am constantly bullied by my immediate manager. I have recently been experiencing a loss of faith in politics (by which I mean real politics, not David Cameron) because, while I am a strong believer in socialism, socialism today seems to me to be about talk and hatred, rather than action and love as I had previously thought. Socialism today offers nothing for a person like me: I’m honestly not that bothered about the innumerable ways in which the current system is fucking us, I don’t need to read in exhaustive detail all the reasons why the war in Afghanistan was wrong. All I want to know, is what I can do to go about stopping all this shit and bringing in a free society; and this for me, is where socialism really falls down. What do we actually do? What are we actually trying to create?
People have told me that we can’t plan a free society as anything we plan will bear the marks of the current society. Whilst I can see this point of view, it ultimately seems to me to be a way of avoiding dealing with the really difficult questions. If the current system is done away with then people will have to organise a new system to replace it at some point, doing it in advance and having a chance to talk about it first seems a lot better to me than doing at the time when it needs to be functional.
So that’s it really – I want to fuse the theory with the practical so that I can go out there and overthrow the capitalist systems and build a free world (admittedly, it is unlikely I will manage to do this alone).
Likes: Sweden, History, Pipes.
Dislikes: Tofu, Absolutes, Anything banal thing described as ‘mad’, ‘wacky’ or ‘zany’.