I want to give you all a little background on myself: I’m a pure non-conformist. I don’t like today’s societal norms, social structures, or anything of the sort. It’s not who I am and it’s something I’ll never be. I like to wear a hat bearing cryptic messages with a tank top to work. Speak of nonconformity!
I decided to go the alternative news route and preach peace rather than war, to bring the American troops home from the one-hundred and fifty plus nations they occupy, and to follow Lady Liberty, despite our increasing love affair with security. The Ron Paul Liberty Report has been priceless in this effort.
I don’t follow institutionalized religion, but the nature-based Pagan ways of my ancestors. I don’t like childhood indoctrination into any one way or belief, instead showing kids multiple ways, or simply allowing the kid to choose.
And I refuse to push a time clock and join the real world. For all of these reasons, My Freedom Flame was created, to keep you from doing so or if you are, to minimize it.
We witness social conformity each day.
How many of us have parents who wake up and go to work on weekdays and come home stressed out of their minds?
If you’re an observer like myself, you may wonder why they’re doing this to themselves. It’s not even healthy, and neither is social conformity.
This begins in school, where we’re subject to talking when permitted, walking in single-file lines to and from class, being told when we can and can’t eat, and being conditioned to sit in class and become indoctrinated into the socialist policies school teaches about today until we hear a bell in which we all make a mad dash out of the classroom only to have between two and four minutes until we’re required to be in the next class.
Once we think we’re free from the reigns of societal structure, life hits us and by the way, we become conditioned into being sheep of mass media while in our latter half of school to the point it’s all we pay attention to so we get our news from fake outlets like CNN (and I’m not a Trump fan).
Like when in school, we’re told when we need to be at work, when we can leave, when we can have a lunch break, and when recess (the gym, in my case), is. School never ends.
They say school prepares us for real life. It does, because conformity has become real life, and it sucks. I mean, ask yourself whether you’re the free spirit or a simple slave to society you’d rather not be in or would rather be doing something else.
Fixing the Mess
How does one fix the mess?
Since Middle School, I thought to myself why am I doing this?
Like, why am I even going through this crazy indoctrinating, government-funded, statist-driven, pro-Leftist, compulsory for almost all kids to attend, Leninist prison each day?
To prepare you for life in the work force, they said.
Translation: to prepare you to make a lot of money for someone else under the strict micromanaging of someone else.
I had my first job at Riesbecks Foods in Wintersville, Ohio, making $7.85 and hour and still thought why I’m doing this. Bagging groceries for angry customers, stocking produce only for the angry customer to ask why the price of cherries was so high.
I’m not a proponent of the $15 an hour minimum wage because it’ll just drive up prices and make unemployment skyrocket, but it gave me motivation to get the heck out of Dodge while the going was still good.
Want a comedic story?
Heck, back when I was in produce a man named Rick from Caito Foods directed our department two days a week. He told me what awesome deal I had and how lucky I was to work in produce. He said the customer buys, Riesbecks gets money, Caito gets money, he gets money, the department lead gets money, and I get the remainder. Sound good?
I’m not sure what twenty-one-year-old Todd said back in July 2012, but I’m sure twenty-six-year-old Todd would’ve told Rick, who was in his mid-forties and had been involved with produce since age sixteen, to go screw himself, pay his taxes, retire, and await death’s hand.
Talk about being an individualist-Libertarian-anarcho-capitalist-Pagan.
Questions my younger self had for the soul.
What kind of life is this? Why the hell am I here? Is this life? This isn’t life, there has to be something better.
That was back in 2012, and here in 2018, I can sit back in my personal trainer’s office and write on my downtime and openly wonder why people are still doing this? I’ll go get a bowl of chicken, rice, and pinto beans at Chipotle (clean meal) and see everyone in a hurry, beeping and yelling at each other and wondering why are they doing this?
Staying the Course
Most would’ve given in to our increasingly Big Brother society by now but I haven’t. I won’t, and I refuse to. In fact, the older I get, the more content I am with staying away from it. I like training, I love writing, and I want to sell my trilogy when it’s ready to launch. I’m not punching a damn timeclock.
Where are you?
Are you punching a timeclock and miserable or are you out doing something you want to do?
Are you writing your next work, selling something you believe in one-thousand times over, or are you punching the timeclock like you did in school?
Are you eating lunch when you want?
Are you setting your own schedule?
Are you free?
Just because we live in America doesn’t mean we’re free. Free isn’t free, unless we’re free from the stresses of the real world. The way to begin to realize our own freedoms is to take control of our lives. This is where my Wicca/Pagan practices come in, knowing they’re my key to full control, and it translates straight into my work.