Listen. I might have discovered a previously-unobserved source of human misery. If we can work out how to escape this thing, we can probably all be a lot happier.
We might even be happier at work and not want to escape it if only we could escape THIS problem instead. We could be happier at school, happier in our own heads and, yes, happier on the toilet.
I know it sounds grandiose to go claiming a new discovery and all, but describing sources of misery–revealing them for what they are–and working out how to escape them is sort of my job now. And I’m digging deep.
This is from a New Escapologist essay of 2019, one of my exclusive-to-Patreon efforts.
I wasn’t sure about the quality of the essay at first and my struggle with it was part of the reason I stopped doing Patreon.
The struggle might have been worth it though because, revisiting it now, it doesn’t seem too bad. It garnered some good feedback from readers at the time (including wise Henry and sage McKinley) and the truth of the essay still rolls around in my head today.
I’ve dropped the password on the essay and dusted it off for general consumption. If you’re interested, you can freely read it here.