Impenetrability, part 1: Captain Easychord
Trip Start Jun 10, 2008
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About one week ago, I became unemployed again. That is because my job was only for five weeks, as my boss is now no longer in Helsinki. From the start, I was expecting it to be hard to find some work here, but surprisingly this first one came to me as if by magic. Well, now that it is over, I am back to the beginnning, and I've hit a first wall:
Just the day after my boss left, I went to an employment office, where I was directed to another one, which was supposed to service people from the EU. As I arrived at this second office, I was apparently met by one of the very few Finnish people who can not speak English almost perfectly, as it was not that easy to communicate with her. Anyway, as I understood it, in order to be helped by the employment office, I would first need to register for a residence permit (which I didn't have, as it is only needed for those living here for over 3 months); too bad that to get one you need to already have a job... or prove that you have 'sufficient funds' for your stay. Well, my job was for a period under 3 months and, whether or not I have sufficient funds (I have absolutely no idea what they consider sufficient), I am not going to prove anything like that to anyone, so it seems I am left to find a job without official help or leave the country.
It's ok, though, I don't want any help from people who don't feel like helping me and, thinking about it again, the less offices there are involved in my affairs, the better. And if I am forced to leave, well... I'm prepared for it - I've spent too much time without following defined roads and changing plans faster than I can accomplish them to feel too uncomfortable with such minor misfortunes. Plus it is advisable, I would think, to be always ready to lose what you have, especially the most important things. I have heard a lot people saying that it is too easy to be free when one has nothing to lose, but as it appears to me, freedom is exactly having nothing to lose, or to put it in a better way, it is accepting and being prepared for the possibility of losing everything. At least in my case, there are plenty of options still, and one can never grasp something properly without letting go of what was previously in one's hands. We'll see what happens...
Incidentally, this revives a point I started in another blog and later discontinued - that of drawing some tangents to help define what I call by 'ethics'. For now, I am going to add to the first one (that it can't come from above, or more generally from outside a person) that, if it is to exist, it must necessarily be assigned first priority - it is not ethics if you value something higher than it. Thus, if one is going to fully adopt some ethical stance, one must first be prepared to abandon whatever else needs to be abandoned.
Laissez mourir ce qui doit mourir.
P.S.: I'd like to strenghten something I have (or should have) said earlier, that here I am just toying with my thoughts, letting them come to a virtual paper and watching to see whether or not they will evolve into something meaningful. I make absolutely no claim to the sensibility of what goes on inside my head. :)