Help! Leisure or Extro-Holocaust?

Holly Pearson (
Sat, 13 Sep 1997 10:57:04

Dear Extropians,

I am on of you. I am intelligent, hard working and in my deepest
yearnings an extropian to the core. Despite this I am falling behind. I am
dying (slowly). Despite my best efforts at maintaining a healthy body,
quick mind, balanced diet, and adequate regiment of exercise,
anti-ozidants and smart drugs - I AM BURNING OUT. I am hitting, like a brick
wall, the limits of my biology and psychology/neurology. I can no longer
keep up with the demands the free-market is placing on me. At the rate
everything is accelerating, things can only get worse for me. I will be
lucky to be alive in 5 years - I will run out of energy far sooner.

Despite working over 50 hours per week and spending another 10 keeping
up with science & technology trends, I am still falling behind
economically. I expect the skills I have now will be obsolete by the end of 98.
I no longer have the time nor energy to gain new skills at the rate
required by today’s free-market. I will probably be obsolete within 2
years and dead with 5 unless something very *fundamental* changes from the
free-market hell which is killing me.

Now this is pretty sad when I share your extropian dreams of a better
future while at the same time being increasingly being denied
opportunity from achieving them. I am a human being and I am an extropian.



...and so does every other human on this planet who wants to live and
have a better future.

Look, I want to evolve as much as the next person - but I should have
the right to grow at *my* pace. Don’t you get it? I am evolving as
fast as I can! But the free-market (an autoevolutionary and human
invention if there ever was one - and one which almost everyone on this list
praises) doesn’t give a DAMN about *my* pace. EITHER I ADAPT TO *ITS* PACE
OR DIE! As the Bionomics Institute as so poignantly pointed out ‘The
free-market follows the dictates of biological evolution where the
strongest, smartest and fittest survive’(end quote). Now if that is not a
Fascist dictate what the fuck is?!

Again, help - I want to live! I want to live in the amazing future
that is unfolding. Shouldn’t everyone get an *EQUAL* chance to live well
in the future?

Otherwise aren’t extropians nazi’s - either by choice or by default?


Holly Pearson

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