I was watching ‘Fight Club’ for the billionth time yesterday and the following scene got me thinking…
“Slaves with white collars” was the phrase that struck me. Then I thought back to American History when I learned about indentured servitude and it all came together.
According to Wikipedia, an indentured servant was “typically a young unskilled laborer who came to America under contract to work for an employer for a fixed period of time in exchange for their ocean transportation, food, clothing, lodging and other necessities during the term of their indenture.”
When you put that definition in a more modern context, indentured servitude starts to sound a lot like the idea of a career as an employee: Young, unskilled laborers go to work for an employer for a period of time in exchange for a car, food, clothing, rent/mortgage and other ‘necessities.’
The subtle difference is that old-school indentured servants were usually given their freedom after 6 or 7 years. The modern slave works for 45 years until they are far beyond their peak of vitality.
The BIG difference is that now, you have a choice. You don’t have to sell your days away for those ‘necessities.’ Thanks to the Internet, anyone can work for themselves and do as they please. Make no mistake, if you work hard enough and spend the time to learn what you need to know, you will never need to get a ‘job.’
This option is of course not for everyone. After-all, if everyone went and worked for themselves, who would deliver the pizza? But this website is not for ordinary people. It is for driven, intelligent, conscious human beings who are willing yearning to think differently about how to live.
I challenge you to listen to Mr. Tyler Durden and avoid the chains. Now more than ever you have the opportunity to do something meaningful with your life. To do something you are passionate about. So go do it!