exhaustion v exuberance

September 14, 2011

When one performs with exuberance, one performs with the intention of fulfilling desire. A performance of ones skills or creativity uninhibited by the demands of high performance culture. On the other hand we have performance to exhaustion. To perform and expend all our energies to the mandate of economic productivity. Social norms dictate that a strong work ethic is inherent in a positive contributor to society. Ingrained in what is means to be Australian is the character of a hard working individual, the ‘Aussie Battler’.

To maintain a credible position in society one must perform to exhaustion. The alternative, to perform with exuberance for most is a long held dream, only possible once ones civic duty is performed. This responsibility enforces the illusion that we have to power to create ‘inexhaustible potency’ solely from our own resources. That if we work hard enough we can achieve all our goals (emulate the high performance lifestyle). But this isn’t true for some of the hardest workers. Workers that have multiple jobs but fail to pay the mortgage or put food on the table.

The pressure to perform exhausts our potential, denies it, buries it. In a constant state of exhaustion complacency is rife. The satisfaction of completing a hard days work is sufficient to subside defiance and conflict. The ‘I care’ and the unconditional ‘I can’ also effect our acceptance of performance to exhaustion. The ‘I care’ is molded by social constructs. For a woman, the stereotypes of mother inform particular forms of performance that is inherent in her task as a woman; bringing up children.

‘I care’ has the potential to create conditions for a better life but to perform with exuberance requires one to defy the order imposed on social life by high performance culture and economic productivity. The motivations behind ‘I care’, the debt or inspiration can be singular in its transformation into performing desire. The collective organisation of ‘I care’, desires for a better world, fail because an alternative to high performance culture is not acknowledged.



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