Tag: conformity

politics

Fit In Or Fuck Off

“Fit In Or Fuck Off”, said the bumper sticker on the back of the truck’s window.  It was superimposed over a Canadian flag, and given our actual Canadian values, terribly incongruous. Naturally, being a child of the Nineties and a fan of all things counter-mainstream, when I saw the guy looking back at me in …

reading

French Sorrow

I’ve been reading a lot of Dumas, to go along with the great deal of H.G. Wells and personal development books into which I’ve been delving. The reason for the self-help stuff is to remain focused, and thinking about purpose and joy and other such motivational human factors helps me do so, though I’ll admit …

culture

Advocate Of Disestablishment

Sometimes, I write something down as an idea to explore later, and I’m not really sure what I meant by it.  I look at the things I was reading around that time, or what I writing about, and it just doesn’t really make sense. I think where I was going with “advocate of disestablishment” is …

education

Conditioning

My hair is glorious. Kidding. My conditioning is one I’ve spent half a life trying to break free from, and and half a life building.  Conditioning itself isn’t necessarily bad.  It just needs to serve us. Most of us are conditioned haphazardly, the result of circumstance and reaction in the moment.  Taught one way or …

culture

The Cleansing Myth (Do We Need It?)

There’s a myth that seems to exist in all cultural beliefs, whether religious, political or just plain pop culture, that someday, a time will come when we (or most of us) are wiped clean from this earth, so we can return to our roots. It exists as movies, books, television, hell, the Bible.  Sodom and …

education

Unlearn

It’s really easy to say that we are all responsible for all of our choices and actions.  That the words that come out of our mouths, and the thoughts that roll around inside of our head are the result of our own decision making. And it’s not wrong.  It’s true. But there’s a caveat.  That …

freedom

Normal (Don’t Do It)

This could be a normal post about not being normal. I think that by now, most people have read plenty of quotes about not being normal.  Most (if not all) of our best stories, regardless of medium, revolve around people who go beyond the norm.  After all, normal is boring and stupid, right? And yet, …