Papers, Please: Why Human Civilization Makes No Sense

Papers, Please
Why Human Civilization Makes No Sense

Society as seen from the perspective of an alien who doesn’t understand our obsession with paper.

Let me see if I’ve got this straight.

If I want to become a part of human society and follow the prescribed path most people follow, first I need to fill out this piece of paper:

application

Then I wait to see if I’ll get one of these pieces of paper in return:

acceptance letter

Then having one of those gives me the privilege of spending the next four years filling out all of these papers:

paperstack

And if I do a good enough job with those papers, I’ll periodically earn these papers:

Report Card

And once I get enough of those I can use them to get one of these pieces of paper (which for some reason I frame and hang on my wall):

diploma-with-college-2img_l

Then after that I have to make up this piece of paper that summarizes everything I’ve done with all this other paper for the last four years:

teachers-aide-resumeThen I send those out to a bunch of strangers hoping to get one of these pieces of paper:

employment-contract

And only after I have this piece of paper will I be able to start collecting these other pieces of paper:

paycheck

Which I then have to trade each week in order to get a bunch of these little pieces of paper:

Money

Which I can finally trade for the goods and services I need.

And if I don’t go through all of this, I’m not allowed to have food, shelter, or clothing?

Human civilization makes no sense.

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