THE REAL WORLD IS SCARY

 


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I’m retired and, to some extent, I sit back and look at Life (note the capital).  And I think about things, especially things which societies take for granted, and also those which are for some reason avoided or actually taboo – its interesting to contemplate how we function as an intelligent, social species, and I’m lucky in having a psychologist friend who is also very much into such thoughts and observations.  I don’t think we’re looking for any profound and little known truths or answers, we’re just interested in how things go on.

Its also interesting to wonder, should intelligent lifeforms exist elsewhere in the universe, whether their societies will be organised along similar lines to ours’, and whether they will have similar beliefs, strengths, fallibilities, etc to ours’.  Certainly, in view of humans’ all too well known inhumanity to their fellow humans, some degree of caution might be required should we ever come into contact with any other beings with intelligence / technologies equal to or greater than our own. LOL! >>>> H G Wells, The War of the Worlds???  Or Predator? or Alien? or Independence Day? >>> but never, ever E.T.!!!

I watch TV, but not so much because, so far as I can see, a lot of it is absolute drivel, totally shallow and facile rubbish – and I’m hoping that, should I ever be consigned to an elderly people’s home where watching TV may be the highlight of the day, then either said home will have a liberal booze policy or, as has in fact happened before, that enlightened friends will smuggle deliveries of the Electric Soup in to me, so that I can enjoy them … under the sheets … “in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted.”  – as Arthur Conan Doyle so elegantly put it in The Hound of the Baskervilles, a tale set not 100 miles from here.
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But sometimes, just sometimes, TV does come it up with little gems, such as this.  It was some kind of quiz show, and amongst the contestants was a young lad who is engaged on a university course, something to do with the business world, that involves him spending one year of his university course actually out in the business world – actually out in the real world – as supposed to being cosseted in the more cloistered world of academia.

And so, after hearing that this lad was out there working in the real world, the quiz show’s compere asked him what the real world was like – and I’ll never forget the response:

“Oh its scary – you have to get up in the mornings!”.

Yes, well, pretty basic stuff, but that’s what you have to do … 🙂 ……… (as in the accompanying pictures here, which are from the Going to Work series; click onto the images to enlarge them – recommended).
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

21 Responses to THE REAL WORLD IS SCARY

  1. The world is indeed a scary place, especially as one’s contact with one’s fellows increases. Being in the service industry, one often sees the uglier, more self-absorbed side of human nature. It is interesting to me how often our awful behavior seems correlated to a kind of insular self-defense in the face of our burgeoning society. As if our population density and cultural evolution has far outstripped our biological evolution to the point that we are really not quite ready to deal with all these people around us all the time.
    Just my thoughts–
    thanks for provoking them!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      VERY GLAD to have provoked them, very good to make an impact! I worked in the service industry too for several years, when I took parties of tourists on wildlife safaris in Kenya – I found it a good discipline, in many cases having to totally subjugate my will to theirs’.

      Very interested to read “… population density and cultural evolution has far outstripped our biological evolution to the point that we are really not quite ready to deal with all these people around us …”. I believe that we are nothing special on this world, as some seem to think, but that we are just animals and as such a part of the Natural World. We certainly can exhibit awful behaviour, and in some instances (eg when feeling at all threatened) maybe we revert back somewhat to our more animal instincts.

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  2. Sonali Dalal says:

    I love that rim light in the second photo! Last photo is also one of my favourites.

    TV watching is something I avoid as much as possible. Because you can start looking at the world very negatively.

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  3. bluebrightly says:

    Well done, my friend. We feel just the same….it’s scary out there and we’re glad we’re retired and don’t have the daily grind grinding us down anymore. Our minds and time are more our own now, for better or worse. 😉 The photos tell it!

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  4. Wonderful photo essay, and wonderful essay.

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  5. Jane Lurie says:

    Enjoyed your ruminations and images. Love your “going to work series”, Adrian.

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  6. Hannah Keene says:

    Great post, Adrian! And since I’m a night owl, and always have been, one of the joys of retirement is that my “Getting up in the morning” can now be sometime between 8 – 10 AM. Ahhhh…. the luxury!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Hannah, thank you very much, very glad you enjoy this! Yes, that’s the thing, retirement is good, retirement gives you your life back, let’s you live Life far more as you would like to live it. I’m the opposite to you, still very much a morning person, tho having just turned 70 my early morning energy is starting to fade a little I think – but as you’ll see on this blog there are still plenty of early morning pictures. Enjoy your morning lie ins!!! A 🙂

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  7. Ana says:

    Great series of images!!!

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