Life Inside a Cubicle

Posted: August 20, 2009 in Uncategorized

Desk-jobs.
Most of us have them, or may end up in one at some point.
Ugly plain walls. Not much room. Asinine boss.
Overworked. Underpaid.
Every day is exactly the same.

How does that black hole of a system suck millions of us in with such ease?
Back when I once found myself splat in the middle of such a dastardly cubicle, I scribbled something down while looking out the window.

Caged

Within these confines, what freedom is there? I am a prisoner. Not one inside a cell with steel bars and cold floors, but one inside a prison of my own making.

Nothing but black tin roofs and sooty walls cover the miles and miles that stretch before me.
Grey smoke rises from a chimney a few concrete buildings away, a taunting phantom against the cheery blue sky, a paradox. What is this road to self imprisonment? We read and study and work, all to come here and toil our lives away, give our blood and sweat to this dull black-and-white matrix.

Smart suits, high heels, clamoring up and down the pavements, talking, yelling into mobile phones, rushing into cubicles, out of meeting halls, around and around, again and again, every morning, till every evening, a mad cycle.

To what end?
Money? Happiness? Fear of indolence?

The tiles in the ceiling loom above me in all their glorious monotone, sickeningly symmetrical, intolerant.
There is no colour and the laughter is mirthless and dry.
The rustle of paper, the beeps and clicks of the keyboards and phone pads, the clacking of heels on important marble floors, constantly moving.

But where to?

A lone crow perched upon a roof nearby looks out upon my city and caws. The sound is melancholy and flat, as though it too despised the greyscale system that stood obnoxiously before us like a great bully.

And envy knotted in my heart as I watched it raise its wings and fly away.

NIN says it best, I think.
Here’s one of my FAY-HAY-vorites by the fellas, a must-listen:


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Comments
  1. Dee says:

    i so feel you. 😦

  2. Sigma says:

    Sadly, the options open to many of us are limited… it all seems so futile at times, but the reality is that even making the basics in life require a considerable amount of effort

  3. Gadgetgirl says:

    But, Ive always loved working inside an independent cubicle than having to have a desk and kids infront of u who meddles with every little of thing of urs. =S

  4. ~ lo$t $oul ~ says:

    @ Gadget: LOL your funny :PI guess everyone is just opening their eyes to what the working world has made us to. making is dead n bored. but some ppl do have fun at work. *back to RAT RACE now*

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