John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote:
He’s a real nowhere man - Sitting in his nowhere land - Making all his nowhere plans for nobody.
Nowhere Man is the average man of this world, the majority of people who wander aimlessly through life, with no real direction, simply existing day to day. They work boring jobs, and return each night to their boring homes, boring families and friends.
This recession is hitting Nowhere Man hard. His whole identity is centered around his high paying job, and all the material things that it can buy. When he loses his secure job he loses his identity, his only reason to exist.
Our corporate society could not exist without Nowhere Man; not only is he there to do the corporate bidding, but the often crappy products our corporations produce, are in turn sold to Nowhere Man. The whole system is self perpetuating.
What started me off on this train of thought?
I was wondering why the ongoing hatred toward cyclists by other road users. Whenever there is an article somewhere about a proposal to make roads safer for cyclists, the article draws an unbelievable amount of venomous comment and hatred.
Then it occurred to me that this is Nowhere Man speaking
He’s as blind as he can be - Just sees what he wants to see - Nowhere man can you see me at all.
Nowhere Man is not just angry at cyclists, he is angry about every issue you can think of. Immigration, health care reform, taxes, schools, crime; you name it; articles on any of these subjects will bring angry rants, sooner or later.
Nowhere Man is angry because the government is not doing enough; then he is angry because government is intruding too much into his life.
Nowhere Man is fine as long as there is the status quo, as long as he has his boring, but well paid job. He is not really happy but at least he is not quite as angry as when his lifestyle is forced to change.
Nowhere Man cannot and will not change. When he sees a cyclist on the road, he doesn’t get angry just because the cyclist is impeding his way; it goes much deeper than this.
The cyclist represents a change in the status quo. A car driver will sit for 30 seconds or as long as it takes behind another car turning left, but will honk at a cyclist in about 2 seconds. The car turning left is normal; he will do it sooner or later, but the cyclist, in his eyes, has no place there.
He gets angry because here is someone doing something other than just exist. The cyclist is either someone out getting some exercise, doing something for his health and well being; or someone who is riding a bike as transport, to save money, or both.
Nowhere Man will die an early death. The anger and stress he carries inside, coupled with his sedentary lifestyle, will manifest as some disease or other. Hopefully his children will see the error of their parents lifestyle and not become future Nowhere Men.