Tuesday, July 01, 2008
(12:01 AM) | Adam Kotsko:
Tuesday Hatred: O Canada, O CanadaI hate my allergies. This year, the trend seems to be away from extreme symptoms and more toward simply draining me of all energy and motivation.
I hate the fear that wells up in me whenever I think seriously about the academic job market. Everyone assures me that I'll "be fine," and hopefully they're right, but going a year or two without getting a real job would be a major blow to my emotional health -- not only because of the lack of recognition from the big Other, but because it's tough to imagine continuing my present financial condition indefinitely. I suppose that once I actually finish the degree, my desire to minimize hours will at least slacken somewhat.
I hate that the trucking company my dad works for shut down without warning this weekend. He is guardedly optimistic that he'll be able to find something else relatively quickly, but that is a very scary thing to have happen at that stage of his life.
I hate that our whole system is still based on the model of the 1950s and 60s, where loyalty to a company was rewarded with essentially lifetime employment, and that so much of that system is actively destructive in the era of mass layoffs and "flexible" labor. The health care "system" is a great example of that.
I hate that there are people in the US who are even seriously considering voting for a Republican in the upcoming election, much less people absolutely committed to doing so. What more could the Republicans possibly fuck up to dissuade these people? Would accidentally nuking a US city be enough? It probably depends on the city, now that I think about it.
I hate the thought that I would ever forget about love.