So you're a joker?

I read an article by some guy called SM on the subject of jokers, he's saying the world is full of jokers - people who talk a lot but do little.

I am a fuck-up at my current workplace - I handle sick leaves poorly, I show up for work five minutes late rather than five minutes early; I am a fuck-up at house chores - I rarely do the dishes, laundry is everywhere, cleaning is the last thing I think about; I sometimes fuck up with friends - I miss out on keeping in touch, I borrow money and forget about it, I hit on some poor guy's ex, the list goes on.

I am not a fuck-up in my true nature, in fact I'm probably more of an over-zealous Asperger kid inside. I don't give up before it's too late, and I find a way when I need to. I move heaven and earth, as SM puts it.

At first the logics seem counter-intuitive, but really it's an ages old problem: you have an infinite set of chores, and a limited rate of chore churning. How do you balance the workload; what do you do well, half-assed and not at all? More often than not, there is a conflict of interest between the various aspects of life. You have to call the shots.

The todo list is the only way to avoid being a joker. You will have to defer tasks. That's just reality. You will sometimes defer tasks up to a point where you realize, "ah man wish I was going to do this but I'm not." That's not being a joker, that's just you being rational.

So while I agree that it's a good thing to go into tunnel vision mode and just churn out a product in no time, it's also not a viable lifestyle. SM makes it seem as if the only way to live is 150% speed all the time and get rich.

Call me complicated, but I want more out of life than that. If what it takes to make piles of money is complete tunnel vision, then I shall have none of it. Let me sit smug-faced in my middle-class bed and enjoy life before it flashes me by.


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