Be(com)ing a Bum

Cable television + high definition pictures + broadband internet + comfy couch + no money + lazy Dale => uber-bum.

I’ve been terrible for the last few days. I’ve gotten as far as scaring myself. I have become a truly lazy bum.

I could feel it coming on, but my suspicions were confirmed earlier this evening when I was watching TV and reading RSS feeds at the same time. And didn’t have the energy to do anything for supper. Ugh.

I can only hope that my long-awaited paycheque tomorrow provides me with a miraculous cure. (If I were you, though, I wouldn’t hold my thumbs…) Maybe you can drag me out of my laziness. If you don’t have it already, my email’s on the About page, and I check it often. And possibly to excess. But that’s a separate issue…

Photo Update

I’ve added the best of my photos from the last while to my Flickr account. Should you wish to see some of my photos, feel more than free to visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/daledupreez/.

Oh, and comments either on Flickr or here are more than welcome.

Back in Action

I am now back from home and actually have a meaningful connection to the internet and all its denizens. I still need to process all my photos from the trip around the US and South Africa, but I’ll notify people of that as and when such things come to pass.

For the time being, I still need to find my feet in my new apartment near Davis Square in Somerville, MA. I also need to get myself into work mode for the first time in my life. My first week has been very interesting so far, and I think I am really going to enjoy working for Intersystems in Cambridge. I’ll keep my work thoughts to a minimum, though. I’ll try to keep us all sane. Let’s hope I have thoughts beyond the scope of work.

Thinking about “Progress”

In the wake of my parents’ recent visit to the US, I started thinking about the situation faced by many peoples the world over. In particular, I thought about the Western idea of progress and how that conflicts with other approaches to the world. My thoughts were sparked by some of the generational differences between people I know from the area around me at home. The older generation I am thinking of wants something of a return to “more” traditional ways of living while maintaining a connection to Westernisation. The way of life they are moving towards contains very few of the creature comforts of modern life, like electricity and telephones. In light of that, I wondered whether the “progress” by the introduction of these amenities actually translates into a better life for all people. And by “a better life” I don’t mean “better quality of life” – rather, I mean a more meaningful, fulfilling life. Do telephones and electricity (and computers and cellphones and and and) make our lives more meaningful? I somehow doubt it. I think they definitely distract us from finding any meaning or focus in our lives, and, as a result, may well make our lives more meaningless in that they prevent us from focusing on ourselves and our surroundings.

Of course, what constitutes a fulfilling life is itself a huge question, to which huge volumes of literature are devoted. But in and of itself, does the fact that there is such a huge demand for such material in the West not indicate some issues with Western society? Or is that just a symptom of any society? Does it need to be “progressive” to reach such a point? I don’t know.