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18 May 2009 @ 10:17 pm



Spent most of today cleaning, again. The "living room" is nearly done. I like it better without a TV, I think. I'm glad it broke. I just can't for the life of me figure out where to put anything. I'm considering building furniture (tables etc.) out of books just to save space. Except of course when I actually needed a book, which is the point of having them, I'd have to disassemble the whole thing.

I want to cut my hair again. I know it's becoming kind of a disease, but I honestly can't stop this obsession with getting new haircuts. Probably it's all in my head, but part of me still thinks, secretly (or maybe not so secretly), that my hair's just been framing my face badly my whole life, and that I might just get it right this time. Or something like that.

Today I went in to the city to try to get a job with NYPIRG. The hours are 2 pm to 10 pm (major drawback). The job is essentially going out and talking to people, and their pay system pays you more for every person you get donations from / get to become a member. That kind of monetary carrot has always rubbed me the wrong way, and I don't know why. Probably it's because if every one-on-one interaction can potentially bring you immediate material benefits, that renders that one-on-one interaction so much more false. But then again, even if everyone were paid equally no matter how many people they ended up converting, every one-on-one interaction would only happen because you were hired to go out and do that, anyway. Often when it comes to morality, I can't actually articulate what it is that bothers me, and when I try to do so anyway, it doesn't hold up logically. More and more, though, I'm starting to trust that queasy feeling. Ethics are mental. Morals are instinctual. I think.
pigeonsonmyeyespigeonsonmyeyes on May 20th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Well, it basically turns the situation from some person coming up to you on the street and being like "Do you have a minute for the environment?" or "Do you have a minute for gay rights?" etc. etc. and changes it to "Do you have a minute for me?" Even though I'm sure there are some people for whom this is not true, I do think that the money factor inherently changes the nature of the situation for most, regardless of their initial intentions.

This scenario has also never occurred to me, now these people are slightly different to me. Also, you shouldn't take the job. The hours are so lame and your whole summer will be one long moral head trip.
Andrewo_n_i_o_n on June 15th, 2009 08:31 am (UTC)