Personal Essays & Stories

Personal Essays & Stories

"You don't have to put off living your life fully until you have more money or a better job or until you figure out what job description you fit into."

- D.J. Swanson

I'm going to let you in on a little secret: I'm a proponent of the ten hour work week."

- Anonymous Silicon Valley computer programmer

To give a human face to what we're trying to achieve and provide some inspiration as well, here are a few personal stories, rants and raves from our members and sympathizers.

* Our founder's story and why CLAWS is a feminist organization

* The Curse of Civilization: The 40-hour Work Sentence by Craig Manelli

* Our Story by Tony Iveson

* Toward a Simple Life by Shawn Montaigne

* A metaphorical story about destiny and choice, written by Wm. Kelly Mordaunt

* Thinking Out Loud, an essay about truth and freedom by Anthony Gates

* John Andersen's Skinned Knees, a reflective piece on setbacks, worries about safety and security, and how they affect our sense of adventure

* An exasperated computer programmer gives us a right-on-target rant about work in Silicon Valley

* Quinn Norton has a few words on work, money, writing resumes and being "professional":

"It's not that I don't like the idea of working, it's that I really don't like pouring my effort and mental energy into trivial, uninteresting, self serving projects that trade my time and my spirit for money which is the only meager measure of respect and support I'll receive.

It's not that I don't like money, it's just that it's our society's poor substitute for thought and feeds the consumerist urge to live a life in an amnesiastic distracted state, attempting to be a mythical non person ever consuming more media and entertainment while leaving a wake of first world social and environmental destruction, always just out of sight, and so pleasantly out of mind.

It's not like I don't like jobs and money and business, etc. It's just that most of the time they're completely worthless.

Also I'm not partial to being professional. I'll do my best to be responsible, considerate, and competent. I'm nearly always creative and analytical, even when I don't want to be. I'll still write resumes, but only if I've got a good reason. Mostly if you would like me to do something for you, I'd like you to talk to me about it."