PHILOSOPHY OF JOHN DISHWASHER IN 136 WORDS, THE, $?, 2” x 3”, copy, 6 pgs.

May 24, 2022

Please allow me to share with you the entire content of this zine because it’s literally just 136 words of text in a tiny format. “John Dishwasher is not just a pseudonym, it is a concept. And this is the concept: You do not have to live the life they tell you to live. You do not have to spend all your hours working full-time job just to pay for automobiles and a condo. You can if you want, but you don’t have to. It is possible to pay the bills with a part-time job and still have time left to practice your art. You can paint pictures then. You can run marathons. You can learn piano, maybe. You can get a black belt. You gotta live simply to do it. You gotta give up the fancy zip code and the convertible to do it. But you can do it. If you really want, you can just be a dishwasher.” Hmm. While I would agree you don’t have to live the life others tell you to live, the author lost me after that. It’s certainly possible for some people to not have to work a full-time job, but for a vast majority of human beings that’s certainly not the case. Many people can’t just up and move or provide for their family while working a part-time job. A philosophy like this reeks of privilege and someone who has never had to check themselves. If this is your belief system, it’s one that lacks empathy and you’re poorer for it. –Kurt Morris (