Every day, millions upon millions of people awake to the buzzing tone of an alarm clock, pick an outfit from their collection of drab, office appropriate clothing, shuffle off to a cubicle, a desk or some other variety of office space that serves as a compost pile for the dreams and aspirations they once had. Joe Rogan wants America to know, that it doesn’t have to be this way.
This was the message that the outspoken comedian and host of The Joe Rogan Experience wished to impart during a recent podcast. During a discussion with friend and fellow comedian Brian Redban, Rogan let loose the analytic honesty that he is known and celebrated for, lambasting the soul-crushing 9 to 5 corporate world that has come to dominate American working life. Questioning, if not outright seeking to debunk the common wisdom that “there will always be poverty” and that some people are just meant to work and suffer for subsistence wages in subservient positions, Rogan asserts that the work-a-day world that society is presumably built upon is little more than a trap, designed to ensnare and control an otherwise brilliant and creative population, for the benefit of the few who sit atop it.
Citing the robotic, impersonal, soulless nature required to happily live in the modern working world, he poses the question that perhaps society at large has lost sight of itself and its proper nature, as even the basic nature of capitalism has been subverted to serve a more mechanical, autocratic set of needs.
With the growing levels of inequality, the corporate dominance of daily life and the increasingly subsistence level service economy that is developing in lieu of any more robust, personally or socially sensitive social-economic environment, it’s rather difficult to fault him for his logic.