You know, sometimes, just sometimes, after a particularly heavy week like this one has been, I just feel like chucking it all in and following the late 1960s hippy mantra to “Tune in, turn on, and drop out”.
But fear not, dear Foxy fans, I haven’t dropped some acid yet, it’s just that sometimes, just sometimes, a girl can dream…
Not that everyone is so easily pleased, as it seems there are now hordes of over-worked and over-stressed young people joining what has been dubbed the “lying flat” movement.
Like Covid, and just about everything else, it all started in China, when tech workers, who were no doubt sick and tired of making every new gadget that the world craves but doesn’t really need, decided enough was enough.
As The Brookings Institute recently explained, the “lying flat” movement “calls on young workers and professionals, including the middle-class Chinese who are to be the engine of the country’s domestic boom, to opt out of the struggle for workplace success, and to reject the promise of consumer fulfilment.
“For some, ‘lying flat’ promises release from the crush of life and work in a fast-paced society and technology sector where competition is unrelenting.”
Apparently, the campaign has picked up pace as China youth started weighing the merits of relinquishing ambition, spurning effort, and refusing to bear hardship. (I feel their pain.)
It is claimed the movement has since spread to the US and is now, shock horror, coming to a town near you.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I love a bit of a lie-down, I also like a kneel-down, and being on all fours, especially for my man, Desperate Dan, the Southern softie who’s hard in all the right places. But my version takes quite a lot of effort and is definitely not for the unambitious.
So, I find myself asking, what’s my bosses’ excuse? McFatty and McFatter, are, as their monikers suggest, prone to lying prostrate while us Decision Marketing girls beaver away, keeping them in the luxury to which they are accustomed.
Never mind lying flat, these two have been lying flat, getting fat and grinning like a Cheshire cat for years. Any chance of getting them to sit up and take note? Dream on…