Tag: freedom

freedom

Something Positive

I need to write something positive today before I go berserk. I am, mostly, surrounded by idiots.  By people who only ever care about themselves and their own agendas.  By those whose sense of entitlement causes them to believe that the world revolves around their every whim, no matter how lazy or imposing or absurdly …

writing

Dead Talker

This was a hard one. I’m always drawn toward the dark shit.  Not the viciously malevolent stuff, like the Manson Family or true crime serial killer stories, but the philosophically dark. From punk rock to V For Vendetta to zombie lore, I love it when things get dark.  It’s a great trait, I suppose, for …

writing

James Bond

I have no particular affection for old movies.  Most are slow, with cheesy effects and plotlines that these days would make us laugh, but for some reason, I still enjoy James Bond, particularly the Connery era. There are things that bother me, of course.  The rampant sexism and near-rapey feel of some his Bond girl …

purpose

Those Who Cannot Defend Themselves

I’m a meat eater.  It gives me regret, often, to know I had a hand in ending life, and increasingly, it bothers me to do so. And while I’m not PETA supporter on account of their hypocrisy, I truly believe that those who can defend themselves must inevitably choose to stand up for those who …

culture

Faux Grunge

Grunge is back.  Or at least, the fashion seems to be.  Everywhere I look, I see plaid flannel sweaters tied around someone’s waist, atop ripped jeans and dark t-shirts, with wallet chains and Doc Martens. On one hand, thank god.  I love this style, and we’ve wallowed in Eighties excess for far too long.  There’s …

growth

Freedom From Our Own Beliefs

I mention dogma a lot.  For that, there’s a reason. For someone like myself, irresistibly drawn to alternative perspectives, who can’t help but question the beliefs and behaviours of myself and everyone around, like some sort of manic compulsion, dogma is a killer. And I’m not immune.  For years, despite the depressive episodes and hidden …

purpose

Golden Circle

There’s a popular TED talk by Simon Sinek around the power of Why.  In fact, he followed that up with a whole book called Start With Why, that took the concept in his talk (which lasted roughly 20 minutes), and made it last several hours, with no variation on theme. I thought it an odd choice …

growth

Expanding Worlds

Twelve times in the past seven years, I’ve read the same book about naming your genius. Twelve times I’ve come up with a name, then immediately started second guessing it.  Every time, I end up having to read it again, because I’m just not getting it. But every time, I expanded a little.  It forced …

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 …

freedom

Freedom Through Destruction

I’m a firm believer in freedom through destruction. Maybe it’s the punk rock roots of my musical inclinations or the hopeless freedom generated by my love of grunge, but I truly believe that in order to grow, we must destroy that which restricts us and keeps us in place. The part I’m trying to learn …