“There are people who are generic. They make generic responses and they expect generic answers. They live inside a box and they think people who don’t fit into their box are weird. But I’ll tell you what, generic people are the weird people. They are like genetically-manipulated plants growing inside a laboratory, like indistinguishable faces, like droids. Like ignorance”
C. JoyBell C.
Don’t run with scissors! Stay out of the pool after lunch!! Success is having a good job!!! White people can’t jump!!!! Drugs are dangerous….
And a million other things you’ve been told.
What if running with scissors is hilarious fun? What if you could run safely with scissors and in have one hell of a good time with a bunch of scissor loving friends?
Are all drugs dangerous? Crystal meth sure. Heroin no doubt. But what about Psilocybin mushrooms that can have consciousness expanding benefits? Why is tobacco legal when it has such horrendous health consequences but eating some fungus that grows on the forest floor is totally illegal? Surely there should be some consideration of benefits against risk?
I’m not advocating drug taking or scissor frolicking.
I’m just musing on how many things we are told repeatedly growing up. Told by parents who themselves are just repeating rules from their parents. Undeniably some of the advice is sound, but how much of it needs to be seriously questioned and really discovered for yourself? When was the last time somebody broke that rule? What was their experience? Did they actually sink to the bottom of the pool with a gut loaded with lasagna?
If you start to pay attention you find no end of things that you have been told by work, parents, teachers and the state that you didn’t learn yourself. If you become more inquisitive you will find numerous situations where the official version of history doesn’t stack with the facts. You’ll discover moonlight pleasures you never contemplated (and you won’t catch a cold. Trust me). Basically when you start questioning accepted rules you are awakening from autopilot. You are questioning the sense of your own habitual behaviour. You are becoming more mindful.
In doing so you’ll meet new people. You will open yourself to the possibility of new experiences. You might enjoy eating a cookie before dinner that thoroughly ruins your appetite. It’s about resetting the self imposed limitations that you have accepted. It’s erasing the box that you have allowed to be drawn around yourself.
What it is is deciding what you want from this life. Finding that and doing it instead of doing a whole lot of timewasting shit working on someone else’s dream.
What is the stupidest rule that you were following blindly? Click reply at the top of the screen and tell us.
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