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Long Commutes Are A Waste of Your Waking Hours

Enduring long commutes to work is one of the most bizarre and hard-to-understand behavior. Sadly, it is seen as ‘normal’ in North America. But is it worth it?

There are only 24 hours in each day. Assuming that you sleep about 8 hrs per day.. you have only 16-odd waking hours per day. Let us say that your workday is 8 hours long and you spend about an hour or two to get ready for work and unwind a bit when you return from it etc. Now subtract the time your average person spends on routine bullshit, cooking, cleaning, paying bills, grocery shopping etc.

That translates into less than 5 hours per day for you to LIVE. Did you notice that I have not yet deducted commute time from the leftover hours. Yes that is correct.. commute times cut into those hours!

The average person in N. America probably spends somewhere between 1 and 1.5 hours, every single day, commuting to and from work- not to mention the time spent getting to malls or running errands. And what do you do during those hours anyway? Stare at the traffic in front of you, constantly trying to get to your destination on time?

and what do you do if for?

Living in a sterile suburb inside an overpriced stucco shitbox that looks like every fifth shitbox in that development. While you might buy a house in that particular locality for prestige, chances are that you will be surrounded by neighbours you will never know, let alone trust.

Chances are that you will spend most of your free waking hours fretting over minutiae about the decor of ‘your’ house, the large mortgage, the repair and utility bills, taxes and security of the income stream that allows you to pay for the stucco shitbox. The best part is that you will likely move to another part of the country for a job and thereby abandon (sell) the very thing that was the center of your existence- only to start the same shit cycle once again.

And who are you doing it for?

Maybe it is for you wife or common law partner who is most likely an aging, bitchy, sex-denying woman who loves to spend on house remodeling. Maybe it is your kids who are alienated from you and only pretend to like you so that they can keep on buying stuff which supposedly elevates their status amongst peers. Maybe it is for showing off and impressing your neighbors and coworkers- whom you cannot trust and have no lasting connection with.

Are you doing it for somebody you really care about or something that matters?

The saddest part is that you might have become a far happier person if you has spent all that time doing any number of things from playing RPG games, fucking whores, fapping to porn or getting high on something. Those activities would have provided you everything that your ‘busy’, suburban, commute heavy and superficial lifestyle were supposed to- but cannot.

Your voluntary slavery, future-time orientation, sacrifice and belief in the system will never provide what you, as a human being, really wanted. There will never be any real sense of lasting achievement, fulfillment, happiness and peace in your life. Ironically, your death will ultimately free you from this dystopia and put an end to your voluntary servitude.

Of course, you could have always chosen to live an alternative, yet perfectly feasible, life where you could do and enjoy almost everything you really wanted. But doing so requires you to abandon your comforting delusions and peer pressure.

Comments?

  1. demirogue
    October 19, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Yes and no.

    After my mother passed recently, I decided to take some time off of work. If I’m not out walking and meeting new people, I’m turning a wrench on my cars or cleaning up the yard or watching a movie. It’s nice to slow down and things were really put into perspective when I think about it. But to get to this point took 20 years of effort on my part to work hard and make many sacrifices. At this point when I do become employed again, it’ll be on my terms and with something I enjoy. I can literally work part-time now and live in comfort. Again, it takes perspective to see what I mean.

    I will say it’s strange to walk around in my neighborhood during the day and realize just how empty and quiet it really is. Save for older retirees or the students, they place is a virtual ghost town. Sad really. It should be full of life, kids running around, whatnot. Yet everyone can’t live they way they really want to and that’s understandable as I was once like that. But the bus stops many times along the way and maybe it’s much simpler to just get off and some unknown spot, let go and just be.

  2. October 19, 2011 at 11:10 pm

    you know, diablo, if ya don’t drive really far, whose gonna support those lovely oil companies?

    It’s all about high levels of consumption….

    • Mr Stricter
      October 20, 2011 at 12:11 am

      Not commuting gives you more time to enjoy and more money to spend on things that enrich your life. Also the money multiplier is higher as oil companies are resource accumulators.

      Nice try though.

      Now as for commuting, its stupid for singles but people do it for lots of good reasons, so they can afford a bigger house (which is valid) or to get away from unwanted people (also valid) or simply to reduce rents enough to afford more than one kid.

      For families its hard to raise a family in the city, harder when decent digs take so much money that you left or you are forced to live next to people you want nothing to do with or people whose child raising strategy is at best low investment.

      Commutes such as they are a social stabilizer.

      Also short of population control, its not possible to reduce urban housing costs much anyway. The amount of land is fixed As Will Rodgers famous said “Buy Land they ain’t making any more” . more importantly good clean safe nice urban living is expensive. Call it a “stupidity tax” and no redistribution won’t help. A great many people who live in cities of every color are simply are low functioning even when you given them money and it only takes one of them to ruin a parenting investment

      . Higher classes have dysfunction too but thats easier to manage (c.f relative crime rates) It costs to control them and keep neighborhoods clean and safe.

  3. anonymous
    October 20, 2011 at 12:11 am

    many of these overpriced stucco shit boxes trap radon gas. It would be healthier to live in a van down by the river.

  4. Commander Shepard
    October 20, 2011 at 2:13 am

    My only purpose in life is to chase women. To that end a house in a good suburb may or may not be useful. I’m told that as a man enters his 30’s and 40’s his zip code matters equally to his looks.

  5. Ryu
    October 20, 2011 at 3:42 am

    In some cities, like Portland, Oregon, one can live in the city. However, in Detroit, Atlanta, Los Angeles, it would be quite unadvisable.

    In Europe for a long time there were no suburbs. I will bet that the more multiethnic it becomes, the more suburbs develop. Yet another benefit of diversity and multikulti.

  6. AlekNovy
    October 20, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Yes, yes and yes.

    This is the same way (reasoning) that I used to (like you) figure out that escorts make the most sense.

    If you take the pussy-pursuing time and reinvested in business, you can spend on escorts and still have extra time and money left over.

    Same with day jobs versus being self-employed… With the hours of commuting and office-politics no longer wasted – that means you can do as much as twice the work at home.

    Here’s a third example – working out. The dirty secret is that there’s absolutely no reason to work out at a gym. Your body only recognizes resistance and heart-rate, that’s it. With a jump-rope, a barbell, and 100-200 pounds of plates you replace a full gym. And it all fits under your bed.

    Time-savings by working out at home? About 1 hour because it’s going back and forth to gym, showering before goIng and dressing up, etc etc. at home you work out in pajamas.

  7. Mr Stricter
    October 20, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    AlekNovy :
    .
    Here’s a third example – working out. The dirty secret is that there’s absolutely no reason to work out at a gym. Your body only recognizes resistance and heart-rate, that’s it. With a jump-rope, a barbell, and 100-200 pounds of plates you replace a full gym. And it all fits under your bed.
    Time-savings by working out at home? About 1 hour because it’s going back and forth to gym, showering before goIng and dressing up, etc etc. at home you work out in pajamas.

    A caveat, the Gym serves for many people as a dedicated space that cuts away distractions. Not everyone can exercise at home and get the work done.

    • P Ray
      May 20, 2016 at 12:17 am

      A caveat, the Gym serves for many people as a dedicated space that cuts away distractions. Not everyone can exercise at home and get the work done.
      If you are a Chad Thundercock, you can pickup girls at a gym and nobody will mind or say anything despite your blatant flirting.
      If you are Andy Average, even speaking to a girl you don’t know is harassment.

  8. AlekNovy
    October 20, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Mr Stricter :
    A caveat, the Gym serves for many people as a dedicated space that cuts away distractions. Not everyone can exercise at home and get the work done.

    That makes absolutely no sense to me logically. Sounds like an emotional thing. And as a pragmatist, one gets rid of emotional issues.

    One could say the gym is full of distractions, and it is, you’re competing with 20 people for the same equipment, teenage boys speaking loud in bravado competitions, chicks who don’t even really work out but just try to get guys’ attention, grunters and dumbbell crashers etc… etc…

    So if one feels that the gym is less distracting, it’s not a logical thing, it’s an emotional perception they built up.

    One further note to. There’s no reason for the entire workout to be in one block. Yes, you want all back exercises to be within one session, but you don’t have to do all 1 hour at once. You can do back at morning, then arms at lunch, and chest at evening. In other words, you can do 20 minutes here, 20 minutes there… etc…

    • Mr Stricter
      October 20, 2011 at 10:19 pm

      Its not logical but most people are driven by emotional needs, and a good thing to else none of us would be here,

      Also, most people do not have the capacity for much introspection and change at most times. Its sad but thats human nature for ya…

    • October 21, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      where do 12 ounce arm curls fit into this routine 😉 ?

      • AlekNovy
        October 22, 2011 at 9:41 pm

        @Stoner

        I guess I’m not in on the joke, so you’ll have to spell it out for me.

      • October 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

        Alek, in the US, bottles/cans of beer are usually 12 ounces…

        Hence 12 ounce arm curls. “I get my workout by pounding beers–light on the weight heavy on the reps”

        That’s just a joke, I mainly get my workouts by hiking, mountainbiking and doing pull-ups…..

  9. polloi
    October 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

    “—playing RPG games, fucking whores, fapping to porn or getting high on something.” is ok to some extent, or during certain phase of your life but as an alternate life style it can become pretty miserable, like trying to quench thirst in a mirage. That is why mature cultures make provision for both.

    • P Ray
      May 20, 2016 at 12:15 am

      The women of “mature cultures” are now the women whose previous escapades with Chad Thundercock are glossed over and how dare you ask you misogynistic pig.
      In short, even “mature cultures” now are simply “guaranteed wedding for a former cock carousel rider”.

  10. October 21, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    hahaha,

    Diablo should’ve titled this as it applies to him:

    Long commutes are a waste of your wanking hours….

  11. AnonynmousDragon
    October 23, 2011 at 9:13 am

    It used to be more of a problem than it is today. Now we can send text messages, talk on our phones, send e-mail, and surf the internet from our cars, and therefor get a lot of stuff out of the way while we are behind the wheel.

  12. Dreamer
    October 24, 2011 at 9:48 am

    You make sense with the points about sending 1-1.5 hours traveling is a large waste that adds up. I can see the 8 hours of work can be equivalently as wasteful for living for more fun things.

    Of course, the surface layer is correct and simple that we can make much more of our lives if we can cut back on the time it takes to commute to and from work. The larger theme remains the problem.

    Again, why do you assume the worst possible assumption of motivations and quality of life? You are right that spending all possible time playing RPGs and fucking whores would be better, but that is based on the assumption the alternative being a family man who does this cannot enjoy his work, his kids are not just alienated but secretly hates him, the wife who only care about the wallpaper, and no connection to his neighbors or any other friend. That’s a disingenuous and flawed assumption. Elements of it can be correct in many people lives, but not every element true in all people all the time nor the solution is always to completely drop out, as if there’s only two choices. Maybe it is just my life and a few around me, but there’s still enough stuff in life worth enough to not withdraw as you seem to advocate. Though, again, I have to wonder about your life, as you based much of this on your life experiences, that pushes you that withdrawal, drugs, prostitution, and video games is the only way to have any element of happiness. Of course, this is not mutually exclusive either, but your arguments does seem to be mutually exclusive.

    Also to Alek, I should also point out this argument, to be it sounds pretty pragmatic. Some people get more done with greater motivation in the gym than at home. Not everyone is the same. For some it would be easier to hit the gym and use the machines there than trying to double up on mental fortitude to just to give the same effort or less at home. Also to take a page from Aristotle, he makes a similar argument about how most people works. We are social creatures, ever notice that we almost always get more enjoyment and motivation from doing the same activity with friends versus alone?

    • AlekNovy
      October 27, 2011 at 1:42 am

      Socializing is fine, but when you mix weighlifting and socializing, you’re sucking at both. You don’t get much of a physique, and you don’t get any decent socializing in.

      Think of it this way => the 4 hours you save by exercising at home, are 4 hours you can invest in REAL socializing.

      • Dreamer
        October 28, 2011 at 9:32 pm

        The time I made the most progress ever in my health, I have to give credit to working out with a friend. To be fair, he is a kung fu master who follows the teachings of Bruce Lee while being a biochemist (so he really understands nutrition to the actual chemistry level). So he’s probably more motivational and helpful than most partners.

  13. October 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Dissention, I love your blogs. I love your motherfucking work. You expose the dark side of humanity and for that, I commend and congratulate you in being someone who sticks out, in my book.

    • P Ray
      May 20, 2016 at 12:21 am

      I used to suspect a lot of the things he writes about, now I know it for a fact and that a lot of the time what people tell you is reality … is the reality that makes it convenient and easier for them to manipulate you for their benefit.

      • May 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm

        Right. People are starting to catch on that “civilization” (as we’ve known it for centuries) is a god-damned lie, to say it bluntly.

  14. P Ray
    April 17, 2017 at 1:25 am

    The saddest part is that you might have become a far happier person if you has spent all that time doing any number of things from playing RPG games, fucking whores, fapping to porn or getting high on something. Those activities would have provided you everything that your ‘busy’, suburban, commute heavy and superficial lifestyle were supposed to- but cannot.

    That’s what happens when (stupid) people live for the approval of their Facebook friends with their carefully posed and shot photos … which may not even be true. Social media has created social slavery through the stereotype that “there is only one way to be respectable, if you are Andy Average” … while Chad Thundercock can say and do as he pleases, and he is a “free spirit”.

    Problem is Western economies are now deeply enmeshed with the misandric narrative, and desperate to find human drones that are easily lied to in the age of the internet … and they achieve this by social shaming and exclusion along with extreme penalties for people of colour who “act out”(question White supremacy).

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