FLASHBACK! KEW Episode 15: Rat Racer

If you’re part of the Rat Race, you’re a Rat Racer! And maybe you’re doing really well. Winning, even. But even if you win, like Lily Tomlin said, you’re still a Rat.

That’s how I have felt during the 35 years I’ve been working. Even when I got my ‘dream job’ as a professor, I still felt the pressure to win the Rat Race. Even now that I’m trying to do my own thing, and figure out what other options there are besides the Rat Race, I feel the tug.

Though this episode is from summer 2020, I am currently exploring alternatives to the Rat Race. Or, more accurately, alternatives to the money, fame, and power that you can win in the Rat Race. That’s the pull, after all, isn’t it?

What if we valued things above money, fame, and power? Like, loving relationships, intelligence, curiosity . . . money will always be important, but what if there were other things to win that were recognized as meaningful to all?

More on that later this week. For now here’s a look back at why the Rat Race sucks.

Preview video here: https://chrisburcher.com/2020/07/31/kew-episode-15-rat-racer/

Full episode links here: https://chrisburcher.com/2020/07/31/kew-episode-15-rat-racer/

KEW Episode 15: Rat Racer

Are you a Rat Racer? You know, someone who wholeheartedly embraces the rat race? We’re all born having made unconscious agreements to run the race to get good grades, get a good job, make a lot of money, marry the right person, etc., etc. but do we every really stop and ask ourselves if it’s worth it?

Cuz like Lily Tomlin said, even if you win the rat race, you’re still a rat.

In this episode I argue that the rat race, if you actually perform well and make enough money, you can at least feel SAFE, meaning you meet all your basic biological needs. But what about your emotional needs? What about being loved and belonging? The rat race doesn’t even address those things – unless you believe that money can buy them. And, well, the Beatles say they can’t, so there’s that.

I hope you agree that we need to improve our system if we want to live fulfilled lives, and I even offer a few ways we can do that. Hope you enjoy and leave me some comments if you like!

Podcast audio: https://www.buzzsprout.com/530563/4764539-kew-episode-15-rat-racer.mp3?blob_id=18919232&download=true

Youtube video: https://youtu.be/TdnM-lQqvqs