I find it all, well, just too depressing...

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RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266
edited January 11 in Off Topic
I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work, and PM with Eddie Mayer for the last 1/2 of my journey home but lately just find everything too depressing:
  • Brexit
  • Trump
  • North Korea
  • Grenfell Tower
  • London & Manchester terror attacks
  • NHS crisis
  • Chinese oil tanker falling apart
  • Landslides in California
  • etc...
  • etc...
  • ...now it's the impending war on plastics and the damage to the environment...
Has the world gone mad? Has everything always felt this bleak and I never noticed? I frequently can't listen to it anymore and often just turn the Radio off and drive in silence.

I find it all so tiring and just want to go back to bed...Am I going mad?

"This is this"
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  • Have you forgotten the power of music as an escape from reality? 
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2375
    Do as I do, and get all your news from the daily mash!
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • richardhomerrichardhomer Frets: 17947
    I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work, and PM with Eddie Mayer for the last 1/2 of my journey home but lately just find everything too depressing:
    • Brexit
    • Trump
    • North Korea
    • Grenfell Tower
    • London & Manchester terror attacks
    • NHS crisis
    • Chinese oil tanker falling apart
    • Landslides in California
    • etc...
    • etc...
    • ...now it's the impending war on plastics and the damage to the environment...
    Has the world gone mad? Has everything always felt this bleak and I never noticed? I frequently can't listen to it anymore and often just turn the Radio off and drive in silence.

    I find it all so tiring and just want to go back to bed...Am I going mad?

    Drivel
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8439
    Have you forgotten the power of music as an escape from reality? 
    That's why my car stereo has a slot for a CD as well as a radio. Eddie Mayer pisses me off in the afternoon almost as much as Jon Humphrys pisses me off in the morning.
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 958
    I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work, and PM with Eddie Mayer for the last 1/2 of my journey home but lately just find everything too depressing:
    • Brexit
    • Trump
    • North Korea
    • Grenfell Tower
    • London & Manchester terror attacks
    • NHS crisis
    • Chinese oil tanker falling apart
    • Landslides in California
    • etc...
    • etc...
    • ...now it's the impending war on plastics and the damage to the environment...
    Has the world gone mad? Has everything always felt this bleak and I never noticed? I frequently can't listen to it anymore and often just turn the Radio off and drive in silence.

    I find it all so tiring and just want to go back to bed...Am I going mad?

    Eddie Mair and the BBC?!?! There’s your problem right there. Its not called ‘Biased Broadcasting Corporation’ for nothing.
    TANSTAAFL
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266
    edited January 11
    I think I had a bit of an epiphany when I got offered redundancy this time last year, for the 2nd time in my working life. I took an alternative position in the same company for the same money which is very very good but had a whole "unplugging from the Matrix" moment and haven't been able or wanted to plug back in. I hate the corporate rat race bullshit and feel like a complete imposter at work going through the motions just slaving away tolerating swathes of bullshit, working to line the pockets of the board of Directors and shareholders. Other Managers around me are still devoted to furthering their careers and I have to fake a generous level of enthusiasm just to not stand out and so keep that income rolling in...

    I just don't see the world around me in the same way now...

    I have a dream, a plan to escape from it, building an income stream from other more interesting activities, to get the mortgage paid, get debt free, and replace the slave wage income, but it's going to take some time if by some miracle I am actually successful at all.
    "This is this"
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  • I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work, and PM with Eddie Mayer for the last 1/2 of my journey home but lately just find everything too depressing:
    • Brexit
    • Trump
    • North Korea
    • Grenfell Tower
    • London & Manchester terror attacks
    • NHS crisis
    • Chinese oil tanker falling apart
    • Landslides in California
    • etc...
    • etc...
    • ...now it's the impending war on plastics and the damage to the environment...
    Has the world gone mad? Has everything always felt this bleak and I never noticed? I frequently can't listen to it anymore and often just turn the Radio off and drive in silence.

    I find it all so tiring and just want to go back to bed...Am I going mad?

    Fook all that shit, I like to give a running commentary on the state of the nation every single time I venture out onto the Queens highway...where I can assure you every single bollocks on the road is a fookin imbecile...apart from me of course, I'm lovely. 
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  • LuttiSLuttiS Frets: 692
    Sad times when I have to agree with Mr. Flagg  :(

    I listen to all this, and it really puts the day on a downward note. Radio often gets turned off too. 
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 958
    I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work, and PM with Eddie Mayer for the last 1/2 of my journey home but lately just find everything too depressing:
    • Brexit
    • Trump
    • North Korea
    • Grenfell Tower
    • London & Manchester terror attacks
    • NHS crisis
    • Chinese oil tanker falling apart
    • Landslides in California
    • etc...
    • etc...
    • ...now it's the impending war on plastics and the damage to the environment...
    Has the world gone mad? Has everything always felt this bleak and I never noticed? I frequently can't listen to it anymore and often just turn the Radio off and drive in silence.

    I find it all so tiring and just want to go back to bed...Am I going mad?

    Fook all that shit, I like to give a running commentary on the state of the nation every single time I venture out onto the Queens highway...where I can assure you every single bollocks on the road is a fookin imbecile...apart from me of course, I'm lovely. 
    There are people like you down south, so you’re not unique. They all drive Audis and Range Rovers and have a Galaxy glued to their ear.  ;)
    TANSTAAFL
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  • MayneheadMaynehead Frets: 1170
    But it’s always been like this... I’ve always thought the “news” in the UK isn’t actually news, it should be called “bad news”, because that’s all they ever report.

    It’s like people get off on that stuff, maybe we’re all so depressed that only seeing something even worse than what we’re going through will make us feel better?
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266
    Drivel
    It is, it really is...
    "This is this"
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  • SassafrasSassafras Frets: 12371
    Tune in to Radio 6, it's marginally less depressing.
    It picks up a bit of a weekend.
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266

    Have you forgotten the power of music as an escape from reality? 
    No, music and wildlife...the birds in the garden, our 2 cats, the Muntjac deer that we feed and squirrels (we have 5 that often visit all at once to raid the bird feeders of peanuts), woodpeckers, Red Kites overhead in summer, the hedgehog that lives under the shed...

    and music, I am now playing The Jam really quite loud.

    It is my escape...and booze.
    "This is this"
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  • NeillNeill Frets: 372
    And when you think things can't get any worse -- Just heard Nigel Farage is suggesting we have another referendum on EU membership - seriously.

     
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266

    "Intelligence should be our first weapon
     stop reveling in rejection
    and follow yourselves, not some ageing drain brain
    who's quite content to go on feeding you garbage
    we're running on the spot - always have - always will
    we're just the next generation of the emotionally crippled"


    "This is this"
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  • fandangofandango Frets: 958
    Neill said:
    And when you think things can't get any worse -- Just heard Nigel Farage is suggesting we have another referendum on EU membership - seriously.

     
    He’s just baiting the remainers.

    Move along now, nothing to see here.
    TANSTAAFL
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266
    edited January 11
    "They were gonna build communities
    It was going to be pie in the sky
    But the piss stench hallways and broken down lifts
    Say the planners dream went wrong

    If people were meant to live in boxes
    God would have given them string
    To tie around theirselves at bed time
    To stop their dreams falling through the ceiling"
    "This is this"
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  • shefguitarshefguitar Frets: 199
    I think I had a bit of an epiphany when I got offered redundancy this time last year, for the 2nd time in my working life. I took an alternative position in the same company for the same money which is very very good but had a whole "unplugging from the Matrix" moment and haven't been able or wanted to plug back in. I hate the corporate rat race bullshit and feel like a complete imposter at work going through the motions just slaving away tolerating swathes of bullshit, working to line the pockets of the board of Directors and shareholders. Other Managers around me are still devoted to furthering their careers and I have to fake a generous level of enthusiasm just to not stand out and so keep that income rolling in...

    I just don't see the world around me in the same way now...

    I have a dream, a plan to escape from it, building an income stream from other more interesting activities, to get the mortgage paid, get debt free, and replace the slave wage income, but it's going to take some time if by some miracle I am actually successful at all.
    Exactly how I felt about a year ago. I “unplugged” and got out and haven’t looked back since. I have no interest in a career or amassing wealth anymore. My life now revolves around family, friends, music, art, literature, nature. In short, the things I care about.

    Of course, I’m completely skint but that’s a small price to pay compared to the shit I used to have to put up with in the corporate world.
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266
    I think I had a bit of an epiphany when I got offered redundancy this time last year, for the 2nd time in my working life. I took an alternative position in the same company for the same money which is very very good but had a whole "unplugging from the Matrix" moment and haven't been able or wanted to plug back in. I hate the corporate rat race bullshit and feel like a complete imposter at work going through the motions just slaving away tolerating swathes of bullshit, working to line the pockets of the board of Directors and shareholders. Other Managers around me are still devoted to furthering their careers and I have to fake a generous level of enthusiasm just to not stand out and so keep that income rolling in...

    I just don't see the world around me in the same way now...

    I have a dream, a plan to escape from it, building an income stream from other more interesting activities, to get the mortgage paid, get debt free, and replace the slave wage income, but it's going to take some time if by some miracle I am actually successful at all.
    Exactly how I felt about a year ago. I “unplugged” and got out and haven’t looked back since. I have no interest in a career or amassing wealth anymore. My life now revolves around family, friends, music, art, literature, nature. In short, the things I care about.

    Of course, I’m completely skint but that’s a small price to pay compared to the shit I used to have to put up with in the corporate world.
    Nice one.
    "This is this"
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    Someone thought the same as you in 1989.
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  • AliGorieAliGorie Frets: 276
    Randy, you ought to live in Scotland - we get all that and a whole load more = Scotland Bad, anything and everything about local things is dissed - eg the new Forth Road Bridge was met with daily criticism 'SNP' vanity project'  but it came in over 200+ M under budget AND ahead of schedule - quite a feat, and virtually nothing on the opening the opening - the MSM were so sickened by the great success they all but had a blackout on the success. The event was being celebrated even as far as Mexico who sang it's praises in a big news story. Very little was said about it until a while later they had to finalist the surfacing - well the media got hysterical and you'd have thought the bloody thing was about to fall down.
    We in Scotia  got the whole force of media propaganda during the Indyref as did you down south and when the Brexit vote came round - a large majority of us went against the then obvious 'UK direction', in fact my wife called it months before - how the 'UK' would vote.
    What we learned was - selectively get yer 'news' on the internet. 
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  • FreebirdFreebird Frets: 728
    edited January 11
    Psychological Warfare 1 RandallFlagg 0    
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266
    edited January 11

    "This is this"
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  • webrthomsonwebrthomson Frets: 356

    Its a commonly acknowledged research topic that humans are much more receptive to negative information - mainly because all the happy clappy ones got killed and eaten - those of us whose ancestors ran like fuck are still here:

    https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200306/our-brains-negative-bias

    http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/why-is-there-no-good-news/ 

    Honestly - unplug from the news, it's all bullshit anyway, none of the chicken little the sky is falling prediction actually come to pass so ignore the fuckers stick something on the CD player and relax.

    On the work thing, console yourself with the thought those border line sociopath daft fuckers are actually taking this shit seriously, then have a big smile to yourself in your meeting ;)

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  • AlexCAlexC Frets: 1266
    Sometimes things look up, then they swing back down again. We’re in a muddy trough at the moment, I reckon. May and Trump are like Thatcher and Reagan - the new breed. Synth pop is king. Mass unemployment and race/nationalist issues. It’s the bloody 1980s all over again. Give it a few years and there’ll be a swing away from all this. I hope. And the rise of people in cardigans playing guitars.
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  • HeartfeltdawnHeartfeltdawn Frets: 10684
    Have you forgotten the power of music as an escape from reality? 
    That's why my car stereo has a slot for a CD as well as a radio. Eddie Mayer pisses me off in the afternoon almost as much as Jon Humphrys pisses me off in the morning.

    Ah, so the CD prevents you from being pissed off in both the morning and the afternoon, thus leaving you fully charged and ready to be pissed off in the evening. 


    I make Jeremy Paxman look like Fingermouse. 
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 5968
    I find it reassuring to know that we are all just worm food in waiting, our ultimate fate is to die, nothing we do will ever change that. Knowing that, it frees me to just enjoy whatever time fate and nature give me. I dunno about everyday being a gift, I prefer to think of it as everyday is an opportunity. Some days I want to pack as much as I can in, every minute of 60 seconds well run and all that, other days I want to sit on the sofa all day watching youtube videos. Both are equally valid, I feel no extra virtue on the day well run, no guilt in the day slobbing. 

    I'm not locked in here with you, you are locked in here with me.

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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5266
    AliGorie said:
    Randy, you ought to live in Scotland - we get all that and a whole load more = Scotland Bad, anything and everything about local things is dissed - eg the new Forth Road Bridge was met with daily criticism 'SNP' vanity project'  but it came in over 200+ M under budget AND ahead of schedule - quite a feat, and virtually nothing on the opening the opening - the MSM were so sickened by the great success they all but had a blackout on the success. The event was being celebrated even as far as Mexico who sang it's praises in a big news story. Very little was said about it until a while later they had to finalist the surfacing - well the media got hysterical and you'd have thought the bloody thing was about to fall down.
    We in Scotia  got the whole force of media propaganda during the Indyref as did you down south and when the Brexit vote came round - a large majority of us went against the then obvious 'UK direction', in fact my wife called it months before - how the 'UK' would vote.
    What we learned was - selectively get yer 'news' on the internet. 
    Unbelievable, that bridge is a wonderful feat of engineering, something we should all be proud of.

    "This is this"
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  • fandango said:
    I have for the last year listened to radio 4 Today programme on the way in to work, and PM with Eddie Mayer for the last 1/2 of my journey home but lately just find everything too depressing:
    • Brexit
    • Trump
    • North Korea
    • Grenfell Tower
    • London & Manchester terror attacks
    • NHS crisis
    • Chinese oil tanker falling apart
    • Landslides in California
    • etc...
    • etc...
    • ...now it's the impending war on plastics and the damage to the environment...
    Has the world gone mad? Has everything always felt this bleak and I never noticed? I frequently can't listen to it anymore and often just turn the Radio off and drive in silence.

    I find it all so tiring and just want to go back to bed...Am I going mad?

    Fook all that shit, I like to give a running commentary on the state of the nation every single time I venture out onto the Queens highway...where I can assure you every single bollocks on the road is a fookin imbecile...apart from me of course, I'm lovely. 
    There are people like you down south, so you’re not unique. They all drive Audis and Range Rovers and have a Galaxy glued to their ear.  ;)
    That's why they're so annoyed all the time, the reception on bars of chocolate is shite..lucky if you get one one bar...


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  • munckeemunckee Frets: 967
    I think I had a bit of an epiphany when I got offered redundancy this time last year, for the 2nd time in my working life. I took an alternative position in the same company for the same money which is very very good but had a whole "unplugging from the Matrix" moment and haven't been able or wanted to plug back in. I hate the corporate rat race bullshit and feel like a complete imposter at work going through the motions just slaving away tolerating swathes of bullshit, working to line the pockets of the board of Directors and shareholders. Other Managers around me are still devoted to furthering their careers and I have to fake a generous level of enthusiasm just to not stand out and so keep that income rolling in...

    I just don't see the world around me in the same way now...

    I have a dream, a plan to escape from it, building an income stream from other more interesting activities, to get the mortgage paid, get debt free, and replace the slave wage income, but it's going to take some time if by some miracle I am actually successful at all.
    \I wish I could think of something else I could do, on the corporate treadmill and 43, doing anything else means an instant 50% pay cut and I have two kids and a female shopping habit to support!

    I never get depressed and I am certainly not suicidal but the older get the more I think I have a lot of life insurance and if anything happened they would be financially comfortable and I could have a rest : )
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