Who’s In Control?

I don’t have  topic lined up for today, so I thought I’d share some of my offline writings. Some of it is insightful, most of it is obvious, because you’ve heard it before. Sometimes truths are worth hearing again.

Every aspect of your life is yours to do with as you see fit.

I changed the website header to this little nugget. I’ve spent so much of my life based on what I was taught. Parents, church, school, advertising, entertainment, government all have an opinion on how you should act, and mostly on how you should think. It took some time to realize that at the end of the day you have to decide how to live. Besides all the pressure, making a choice can be a scary task. It’s up to you to find out all the relevant information. And larger and scarier than that: you have the final say. If it doesn’t work out you have to take the blame. But you can also take all the credit if it works.

The other, more subtle aspect of this is everything is up for examination: marriage, sleep routines, diet, friendships, family responsibilities, media. So many aspects of life we take as obvious, in fact, aren’t. We love to assume that things have always been the way they are, and it’s because it’s the best way to do it. Two things:

Not necessarily.

Yeah, doctors in the fifties smoked, but that didn’t make Marlboro any healthier. We know better now, don’t we?

And even if it was the best way, maybe there’s a better one.

This involves a bit of work. First we need to see the custom for what it is, not for what we think it is. Then we need to think, and have the confidence to come up with something better. The Powers That Be don’t like you looking behind the curtain. They want you to believe in the magic, so they can stay all-powerful wizards. But we know better…

This isn’t an “overthrow everything” call to arms. This is about taking responsibility for how you think and act. Look at what you’re doing. Don’t glance at it, stare it down. See it from all sides, especially the sides they don’t want you to see. After that you’ll be in a position to see if there’s truth in your actions, or if its time to create something better. You decide.

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