The digital internet age has promised a great deal, especially, when it comes to flexible working hours and mobile locations. But, has it really ever delivered en masse on these promises? Employers prefer to hire workers they can call into the office or, indeed, permanently locate them there. It is, I suppose, the continuing desire for maximum control over those who represent the company. It is, also, to do with comfort zones and unfamiliarity with new technologies designed for remote workers and the outsourcing of labour, more generally. Digital technology and having the skills necessary to use these apps, softwares and devices, could be mobilising the world far more profoundly.
The digital nomad lifestyle sees travelling workers utilising the world wide web and its many offshoots to perform tasks wherever and whenever. Have phone, will travel, kind of stuff. You could be working for franchisees or travelling to exotic locations around the globe. You could be tied to a mundane existence of 9 to 5 or zooming across continents via the advantages of flexible technology. Dreamers are lining up by the water cooler as we speak. Office bound boys and girls are crowding around the espresso machine and visualising Pyramids, Mediterranean waters and countless other icons and edifices pertaining to worldwide travel.
The Unrooted Nomadic Lifestyle
The truth is that a shitty casual job is not half so bad if it exists on the other side of the mountain. We do jobs on the road that we would not bother with at home. The unrooted nomadic lifestyle lives like a fantasy inside the heads of many, especially the young and young at heart. Marketing provides many lightweight opportunities for global adventure. Things like travel blogs can act as temporary platforms for businesses wishing to promote themselves. Writers can tell the stories of great destinations, along with their features and hotels.
Remote Job Work
A US company entitled, Remote Year, offers a 12-month travel experience, for those with remote job work. Customers pay a monthly stipend, which includes travel between countries, a private bedroom, and access to digital technology and WIFI services. Urban myth gossip indicates that the digital nomadic lifestyle is gaining in popularity. It has a moniker and, thus, the concept will spread in the minds of those who longingly wish to escape from the grind of their day to day lives. Good luck intrepid travellers.
As the author of the ground-breaking book, House Therapy, I have always been cogent of the link between our minds and our living rooms within our homes. “As above, so below”, sort of stuff. It is natural that our domestic environments would reflect what is inside our heads and hearts. The human mind has been described as a cavern of consciousness, with rooms and hallways leading off into infinity. Our thought pathways criss cross our inner universes like the Milky Way galaxy above us. If there is a cohesive connection between our inner and outer worlds, then, each should be able to influence the other.
Developing Your Indoor Environment to Develop the Self
Thus, by developing your indoor environment, perhaps, with furnishings that speak to the soul, one can develop the self. Interior décor designers and ladies of the house, may be excused for yawning here and saying, “we have known this for years”. Every room in your home is an opportunity to communicate with different aspects of your personality or psyche. Each room, usually, has a primary function; as clearly explained in House Therapy. The living room is the space created for the dominant part of the self. It is here that we are most at home.
House Therapy Can Tell You About Yourself!
Wooden furniture for the lounge is akin to the skeletal structure upon which everything else hangs. There is something about timber, which speaks of a symbiotic relationship between human being and trees. We each serve the other in primal ways. Imagine a history of humanity without trees, it is almost impossible. Wood, though, is no longer the only material available to build and decorate our homes with. Despite the alternatives, we still choose to have wood close at hand. It is an intimate feature within our homes.
Interior Environments Affect You
What you choose to place within your interior environments, affects you and influences who you are. Surround yourself with furnishings, which enhance the parts of you, you wish to flourish. Developing your indoor environment to develop the self, is a sound strategy. We become what we nurture; it is only common sense to understand this premise. House Therapy can tell you much about yourself. Every room in your home is a key to comprehending the complex puzzle that you are. We are not just one thing, we are many things, constantly interacting in time and space. Einstein knew that, the relative nature of the physical universe.
You might never have heard any poems about or by people with disability, that’s because you don’t give a stuff. You don’t give much and you definitely don’t give enough. Your life is about your friends and family, and if they don’t limp or walk with a cane, what have you got to gain, by helping anybody else. Don’t you know that charity begins at home, you can’t hear a whimper or a moan. On a good day, the blind might see, on a good day, you walk free from fear of falling down. On that good day, retribution is coming down, today.
Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are the most famous poems about disability, because Achilles lipless and very bloody angry all the time. Priam is blind to his children’s failings and depressed. Odysseus is clearly tripping and probably psychotic. Greek poetry is primarily concerned with killing, buggery and incestual fucking. You have to ask the question, are we all disabled inside? Could that idea about us all being normal and the same be a lie? Do you know what your disability might be? What it looks like deep inside you? What is feels like deep inside?
Have you heard the one about the one armed woman and the one legged man? Together they entered the three legged, egg and spoon race and won. If they have children will they blessed or cursed with disability? Is what’s on the outside, the same as what’s on the inside? Do I imagine myself perfect, with an elegant sufficiency of arms and legs? What does the blind man see inside? Abraham, Moses and Noah all imagined an ominous awful being called God; today we would lock them up and sedate them for a very long time.
Gilgamesh mourned Enkidu, who was disabled, being merely human before his demi-god friend. Death is inevitable for us mortals, whether we have one or two working legs. Gilgamesh chats with a barmaid about the differences between being human and divine. Disability comes in many guises, as do ‘so-called’ divine beings. Odin only had one working eye, the other was covered with a patch. This gave him the gift of second sight. Odin would often appear as an old street bum, his power shrouded in rags. Nobody knew if they were conversing with the king of the gods or just an ancient. That’s the thing about disability, you never truly know who is the greater being beyond the disguise. Disability support in Australia at www.disabilitymacarthur.org.au.