" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 7, 2011

The Monocled Monk

Could be getting close to playing my card in life's game of Monotony?-)
I'm reading a great little book (along with about five others) called, 
Creating a Life Worth Living by Carol Lloyd.
In it she talks about "The Monocled Monk", which in her words is a,
"... single-minded little creature that focuses on one career for an entire life.
Monocled monks were common in the fifties, when men worked for companies until they retired with a fat pension and a gold watch, and women spent their lives home-making.
During that time most people didn't have alternate careers, they had hobbies.
The monocled monk has become less common as job stability disappears and people have access to so many more options .... The peril of monocled monks is that they may identify so closely with their work that any intrusions feel intolerable."
I can identify with that, but sometimes it's life circumstances that can turn you into a monocled monk.
When you're young, you might think of going to a monastery (company) for a weekend retreat (job) to give you some spiritual sustenance (money) while you contemplate your life path (career maze), but you get bogged down in the dogma (you have to have a full-time job, for security) of the religion (you're nothing without a job, and a house, and a car ... in this world, buddy).
So, you sell your soul (get a mortgage) to the Devil (Banksters), then get really frightened of the outside world (other career options) and decide never to leave the monastery (company), until you  have enough courage to claim your soul back (pay off your mortgage).
Then the Devil's Advocate's (mortgage brokers and credit guys) whisper in your ear (offer you more "PRICELESS!!!" credit), and then you really get scared of going to hell ... but the funny thing is ... you're already trapped in your own little hell, that you put yourself into, thinking that "oh well, it could be worse", without even thinking "this could be a lot better".
 Holidays are a good time for reflection;-)
Who ever heard of a creative robot???

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