“Living” in my apartment, and even being outdoors, is like being in the middle of Baghdad during the Shock-and-Awe bombing campaign. There is a constant barrage of outrageously loud booms. One vehicle that parks in the garage of my building – two floors below my apartment – is so loud it shakes the entire building.
In between the shock-and-awe there are lulls when it is quiet. But the problem is that who knows when these periods occur? If I need to study it is impossible during the shock-and-awe. Entire days are wasted, destroyed by the abuse which is the noise caused by deliberate modification of motor vehicles.
The other day I was walking and happened to pass a bus of tech workers as they were disembarking. They exited the bus and were walking to their expensive, newly-built apartments with sound insulation that adheres to much stricter levels imposed by the city since the time my building was built.
So there are people who live like that, but then all the people who live in older buildings are unprotected and subject to continuous violation. I don’t even live next to the main thoroughfares. I can’t even imagine how horrific it would be for those unfortunate victims who live in the many older buildings which line those thoroughfares, which are constantly filled with outrageously loud vehicles – boom cars with their blasting stereos and cars, trucks, and motorcycles with outrageously loud exhaust systems. Some of these vehicles can be heard 1/4 mile away or more. Some motorcycles can be heard almost a mile away.
It’s so bad my body has shifted its sleep-wake cycle and I now usually stay up until around 4 – 6 a.m. since the late night is the one time I can concentrate. But obviously this is destructive. I have to do this though in order to study.
Am trying to save up for noise-cancelling headphones – want to get a pair of expensive Sony’s – but I wonder to what extent they can help, especially when much of the noise is causing the floors and walls of my apartment to vibrate.
I can only reflect on this all and think how fucked it is. In an area that is supposed to be conducive towards brahmanic pursuits – to cultivation of the intellect and arts, and the accompanying discipline which requires quiet study and extended concentration – it is becoming increasingly difficult to cultivate this energy because the environment is decidedly hostile towards it. And yet the lies and the bullshit continue – politicians claiming how great it is here, how the tech industry is so great here.
But that’s such a lie. Having a tech industry without being able to truly provide a fertile ground for brahmanic cultivation to occur is a lie, a scam. Maybe for a time as an anomaly there will be some flourishing of tech businesses, but over the long term, under such conditions that are contrary to what is necessary to really support true science, technology, and artistic pursuits, such businesses will eventually die.
No one is talking about this. Politicians don’t want to talk about it. All they want is for real estate values to increase. Tech companies aren’t talking about it. There are massive, fundamental incompatibilities between different groups of people competing to live in the same area. Some are ignorant fuckshits who abuse thousands of people by deliberately emitting loud noises while other are pursuing intellectual, spiritual, and artistic development with their lives.
Just like the floods of illegals, or the invasion of minorities into once sustainable, healthy communities, the lowlifes are the ones who will win out in the end as those who want and need healthy, peaceful, sustainable environments retreat.
We need to stop retreating. Nothing disgusts me more than cucked people who practice pathological altruism which creates suffering, not alleviates it. This is especially inexcusable for people who have status, who have wealth and the duty and obligation to make their voices heard and stand up for things. Such people are usually too decadent to give a fuck. When things are bad for them personally they can just move.
People have a responsibility to stand up for their community. The more money and status they have, the more responsibility they have. But most are happy to let things rot while they fuck off.