January 1st, 2024 | RYAN TYLER

These Five Things Need To Disappear

There are better alternatives to all of them.
As 2024 rolls in, now might be a good time to think about some awful things that we'd be better off without. You'll disagree with at least one of the things on the list, or you might disagree with all of them. None of them are political, just simple items and social habits that haven't done us any real good as a society—in my opinion. For all of them, there are better alternatives with more positive outcomes.


When these things came out in the 1950s, or 1960s, they were marvelled at as revolutionary and futuristic for their ability to rapidly heat food. Today, the technology hasn't evolved and we could do so much better than a clunky box that zaps our food with Cold War era radiation.
Air fryers might not be good at heating liquids and certain kinds of foods, but when it comes to cooking and reheating pizza, chicken wings, Chinese food, french fries and other things, air fryers are phenomenal. Unlike microwaves, air fryers actually cook and heat the food uniformly. Reheated pizza comes out as fresh and hot as when you originally ordered it.
How many times have you burned your mouth on food that came out of the microwave, only to get to a cold middle? Or, how many times have you burned your hands with a hot plate or bowl, only to find that the food is still cold? This is a common problem with these outdated relics.
I have vowed never to own a microwave on purpose. In fact, I spent ten years as a bachelor in Saskatchewan without one. If you're building a new house, you should decline making a microwave one of the appliances that can be wired in. These pathetic hunks of junk need to go extinct but, to make that happen, we all need to boycott them.

Denim & Blue Jeans

I know a handful of people who agree with me. One out of every four people I know hate blue jeans, but still wear them because it's the status quo. Rather than chasing comfort, they're chasing style and fashion. I'm guilty of it as well. However, if you've noticed, fewer women actually wear blue jeans anymore.
Many people do still swear by blue jeans, even as they struggle with chafing and cold winters.
Denim, in my opinion, is a horrible material. I'm not even sure how it became a thing. It's credited for being tough and great for wear and tear—but every pair of jeans I own have worn out within a couple of years. I still own old fashioned dress pants and trousers that have stood the test of time much better. I have several khakis that are a decade old without any holes.
Denim's “tough” reputation is a fallacy. I find denim neither durable nor comfortable.
In the winter, denim is cold. If you don't wear long johns, chances are you've felt the cold jeans touch your legs. If you're a man with testicles, you've had a few bad pairs that have also chafed the skin off your balls. The problem is, jeans are durable enough to be uncomfortable, but not durable enough to stand the test of time.
An excellent alternative to blue jeans are khakis, trousers and any normal, soft cotton-based or polyester pants. Many even come in blue.

Metal Bed Frames

I was shocked to find out that these are still a thing that people want. Most bed frames are wooden boxes now, but the old metal ones from the age of microwaves still exist. I know, because I have banged my shin on them and struggled to disassemble and move them without gouging holes in drywall or injuring myself.
Enough said. Let's get rid of metal bed frames.

The 12-Month Calendar

This month has 31 days, the next month has 30 days, February has 28, but sometimes 29. A couple of the months are still named after Roman emperors, like Julius Caesar and Augustus, while others are named after Roman gods and rituals. Some holidays get thrown around the calendar year after year, causing confusion and annoyance.
Does anyone else see a problem with this? We're running on a solar calendar that's more than 2000 years old and highly dysfunctional. Anyone who says the current calendar works needs to pull their head out of their ass—or out of the sand. What part of having inconsistent days and weekends in every month “works”?
You may have already heard the argument in favour of a 13-month calendar made up of 12 months with 28 days and one month (sometimes two) with 29. I'm here to tell you it's a better idea than the outdated 12-month calendars we use today. This idea has been called the Cotsworth Calendar, or the International Fixed Calendar. It's really not a new idea.
In this 13-month calendar, every month begins on a Sunday and ends on a Saturday. Every December has an extra day called “Year Day”, which can be a holiday. In years divisible by four, another day is added for the leap year—usually at the end of June. An extra month named Sol is added between June and July. On this International Fixed Calendar, every day of the month is the same and consistent, meaning your birthday will always fall on the same day of the week. This includes holidays like Easter and Remembrance Day.
I suppose, for those whose birthdays are on Mondays or Tuesdays, it might become a point of contention—but that's no reason to stall progress.
The people who have stalled any progress toward adopting a 13-month calendar have been—in my opinion—the typical idiots we should come to expect. This is the part where some of you might get angry, call me a bigot or an idiot, and quit reading. But, oh well.
Truth hurts.
People most strongly opposed to the 13-month calendar, even today, are religious institutions and superstitious morons. One of the biggest points of contention comes from Jews and Christians, who put too much precedence on silly religious ideas, like the idea that god created the world in seven days. On the 13-month calendar, leap years and year days would create some weeks with eight days. Mixed in with the idiots who don't like this are those who think 13 is an unlucky number.
For the mental midgets who still make decisions based on astrology, their zodiac signs and constellations would get messed up.
Basically, the same people who persecuted Galileo and called for witches to be burned are the same people who halted progress on society adopting a more logical and consistent calendar. The truth is, the advantages of a 13-month calendar significantly outweigh the disadvantages—which are all mostly superficial, subjective and frivolous.
Escape your matrix of superstition. Embrace the more logical International Fixed Calendar.

The Five-Day Work Week

Last, but not least, we need to do away with the standard five days of work. Henry Ford revolutionized labour when he brought in the 40-hour work week and freed millions from having to work up to 16 hours a day without overtime pay and vacations. Before the 8-hour workday, life was hell.
Just as we moved on from slave labour without overtime, we need to move on from what we have known our whole lives.
This is a change that is gaining huge traction among Gen Z, who are becoming increasingly rebellious as employees. We call them lazy and unwilling to work, but as artificial intelligence and robotics advance at lightening speed, they might be on to something. The traditional human labour economy is on the way out, whether we like it or not, so we can either adapt or fall behind.
Work-life balance is gaining more importance with every new generation. Especially as we face inflation and high costs of living, people are feeling like they're having to work harder for less. These attitudes are most likely byproducts of our wealth and privilege, but we can't brush it off. Things are changing and it's not all bad.
Older generations will talk about how hard they had to work, but isn't being able to work less while still enjoying life a sign of progress? Living in a society where people can work less and live more should be celebrated, not lamented. Putting ourselves collectively closer to existential freedom is a profound achievement.
We are entering a world where human labour will no longer be in high demand. As a society, we will find ways to adapt. That adaptation will look a lot like people being able to enjoy life without having to work as hard. Overall, that's not a bad thing. Yes, it will create generations of people who would drop dead at the first sign of an apocalypse, but so what? At least they enjoyed their lives. 
All good things usually end, so why not live? If that's really a concern, we would have more time to learn survivalism if we worked a bit less.
There is always a chance that we bypass an apocalypse and things get even better. Either way, working a couple extra hours a day and taking three days off in a week improves everyone's quality of life. If it all ends, we can say we enjoyed it while it lasted. If it carries forward and we can sustain it as a society, all the better.
Open your minds in 2024 and break out of that mental prison.
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