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A Different Point of View

Dogma not only blinds its protagonist, but it muzzles all other opposition. Maajid Nawaz

What is my joy if all hands even the unclean can reach into it? What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me? What is my freedom If all creatures, even the botched and the impotent are my masters? What is my life, if I am to bow, to agree, and to obey.

~ Ayn Rand

Resist the life others deem appropriate for you, if you don't deem it appropriate for yourself. Even when the others are people you love and respect.

We are programmed form birth to be a cog. We are expected to contribute to the plans of others. Our lives should be our own, but we are pushed into following rules in order to be a part of a machine that does someone else's bidding. There are some rules that we must follow in order to survive and not be outcasts. These rules range from law, such as not stealing, to social norms, like showering daily. But just as importantly there are pseudo rules that we follow that we ought not to.

You may ask yourself, why would I follow rules I don’t need to follow, or even worse, why would I follow rules that hinder my success. The answer is simple really. We do what we are taught. There is nothing else. We are taught, therefore we do. And unfortunately what we are taught is to be a cog, to be mediocre, and to not strive for greatness.

To most greatness is a 9-5, and a nice house in a nice neighborhood surrounded by a white picket fence. All that you need to do to get this definition of greatness is, follow all the rules, including the pseudo ones.

To me this is torture. To me this is worse than being a kid, living under mom's roof with a curfew and no girls allowed. Instead of mom telling you where to be, and what to do, it’s more often than not a douche of a boss. Isn't that worse? Why should you take orders from someone for whom you make money. It seems a little backwards. Sure, if you look at things short sided, your boss is giving you money. But if you look at the bigger picture, your boss is only giving you a percentage of the money that you make him or her. That just doesn’t seem right to me. Your boss gets to tell you when to come to work, what to do, and when to go home, and then keeps most of the money that you bring into the company, giving you scraps.

This just didn’t sit well with me, although it sits well with most because that is what we are taught. We are taught that someday, if we are lucky, we will take orders from an ass-hole, make that ass-hole money, and receive scraps in return. This is the ultimate form of brainwashing.