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March 31, 2009

Brain Drain

Filed under: Ramblings — M Kitchen @ 3:01 pm

The past decade, I’ve experienced a steady, slow brain drain.

In the document Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars it states that it is necessary to “Keep the public busy, busy, busy, with no time to think; back on the farm with the other animals.”  Yes, this has been my experience.  Once you’re entrapped in the pseudo paradise we call society, the bulk of your days are spent doing meaningless toil for the benefit of others.  Your most valuable resource, your temporal currency called time, is dwindled away for fiat currency to pay your debts directly to the bankers in interest and taxes.

Frank Miller said in his Keynote Speech at the Diamond Comic Distributors Retailers Seminar June 1994 “For decades, rotten business practices caused a steady, slow brain drain, driving talent away one by one. One by one. Each individual artist or writer, more or less replaceable. There were always new kids to come along and feed the machine.” He was talking about comics, but it applies to other career industries as well.

I’ve always thought this image sums it up succinctly.

Dave Sim said to me in the BlogandMail #182 (March 12th, 2007); “I’ve been privileged to be given a life where I have a lot of time to mull things over and put things together that fall well outside of the “basic survival” mode that most guys live in – and which tends to limit the time they have for speculating and assessing “weighty subject matter”. And also I’ve been privileged to remain pretty isolated so I’ve never had to endure the peer pressure to keep my thinking limited to what was on television last night or who I think is going to win Best Actor on the Oscars.  It was also a conscious choice after I broke up with my last girlfriend. I stood out on the balcony of my old penthouse apartment and resolved that I was going to dedicate myself to thinking from then on and stop rationalizing away things that I knew to be false and to seriously examine the nature of reality with open eyes. And, of course, not having a girlfriend my thinking from that point on was uninterrupted. If it took me four or five days or a week of uninterrupted thinking to arrive at a conclusion to something I was uncertain about, I took the four or five days or the week, examined all of the angles on the problem and then weighed all of them in the balance and came to a conclusion, instead of chasing around the same problem halfway over and over and over again without ever coming to a conclusion which is what happens when your thinking is continually being interrupted.

As an artist, that really is the end goal.


  1. I can’t comment right now. I’m too busy working 2 jobs, so I can afford to feed and shelter my family. (and give to the poor bankers). It’s been months since I’ve been able to make a coherent thought………. Back to work.

    Comment by Blair Kitchen — April 5, 2009 @ 10:25 pm

  2. Case in point.

    Comment by M Kitchen — April 6, 2009 @ 1:00 pm

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