It says something about our society.
On the BART in the morning, just over 50% of the passengers on any given car are asleep, or trying to sleep, or trying not to sleep, or at least resting with their eyes closed and their heads leaned over.
Sacrificing sleep in order to start the business day an hour earlier – every single day.
Why is this required, and why do we allow it? Is that much money really made between 7am and 8am?
Of course I am on that train too, in order to see it; but then that’s because my job is a service specifically to commuters. So I have to be there before the commute. All those people on the train at 6am can’t all have jobs specific to commuters.
And, well, in my case, something about skating 2.5 miles to BART while listening to Shock G and the DU as the sun comes up, it just makes it feel different. I actually enjoy my commute, even when I’m tired.
Look at these faces: they are not happy faces. Even without the loss of sleep, they are not happy faces.
I remember my bike trip through Mexico almost a decade ago now. It wasn’t like this.
I would come across a store or a restaurant. The sign, if there was one, might say they opened at 9. But whether or not it was actually open at 9, that seemed to depend more on whether or not the owner felt like opening by then or not than what the sign said.
Which could be a little annoying when I had just ridden 15 miles and was looking forward to breakfast, but even then, I understood; I still liked that system better.
Money is to support living – life is not a means to make money.