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Your Terms, Not Societal Norms

Live Life on Your Terms

Life should be lived on your terms, not societal norms, as far too many people tend to follow these days. No, I won’t do so, thank you very much.

 
I will continue to follow the Pagan ways, even if it turns others against me.

 
I will continue to pursue my passion for writing, despite the number of times those around me say to get a real job with benefits and complete retirement packages.

 
I will continue to, in the meantime, work in jobs I enjoy and look forward to doing.

 
I will continue to grow my hair until it reaches my shoulders.

 
Thank you very much, society, but those of us who take pride in being unique and not conforming to norms, set forth on us by some sort of authority will continue to do so.

 
This is by no means a liberal post because I’m by no means a liberal.

 
There’ve been times during Donald Trump’s presidency I’ve praised him and other times (more often than not, if it makes anyone feel better) I’ve criticized him. But like I said, I shoot for the principles over politics route.

 
Every single time.

 
I’m not even endorsing any one group here, as I don’t belong to any. Well, I guess you can call me a Constitutionalist, a Libertarian, Constitutional Conservative, or Classic Liberal. I fall somewhere between those four categories.

 
I’m by no means stating that living life on one’s own terms means to sit and watch daytime television all day while someone else pays for your living expenses.

 
I guess one can call me an anarcho-capitalist in the Stefan Molyneux mold, and trust me, I love his videos.

 
And no, I’m not part of the Alt-Right.

 
Well, neither is Molyneux, as he’s stated time and again.

 
I won’t believe a single word CNN, MSNBC, or Fox News spits out. I don’t fall for propaganda. Instead, I’ll look for fact. Verifiable fact, like old and new documentation, not something an unqualified news reporter feeds the masses by playing off their emotions.

 
Well, Todd, don’t you care about the kids?

 
I care about kids far more than the Left, who seems to only bring up the kids when school shootings or an increase in home schooling occurs. Or, if they’re trying to expand welfare.

 
So yes, I care about the kids, because I refuse to use them as tools to pass an agenda, as the Left has done time and again for the reasons listed above. Yet, the only agendas the left looks to pass are taking guns from law-abiding citizens, which socialist states did.

 

 

They want to spread propaganda that kids are better educated in state-run schools than the home, as Vladimir Lenin once urged. And, they’re showing pictures of kids starving in the streets (probably in a third-world country), to further increase domestic welfare.

 

 

Socialism, socialism, and more socialism has led to what, exactly?

 
Whole families being murdered by the same guns the government grabbed from them, shot at point-blank range and buried in shallow graves.

 
Know what this post is saying thus far?

 
I’m neither Right nor Left. Neither Conservative nor Liberal, from a mainstream perspective.

 
But, there’s much, much more to this than politics.

 
I want to be an authorpreneur, something that most will just laugh at, asking me what the hell that is, exactly?

 
Oh, you want to make money off selling books, do you, Todd? Good luck in that saturated market.

 
Fine, I’ll do my research.

 
I want to workout twice a day at times I want to workout.

 
Oh, good luck with that, Todd, just wait until you get a real job.

 
When I can no longer pay the bills writing and training I’ll get a real job, but until then I’m going to find value and seek fun in my life. I’m going to do what makes me happy, and yes, I’m going to challenge the mainstream status-quo and as My Freedom Flame always states, challenge mainstream thought.

 
Why, Todd, why are you going to fight such a losing battle?

 
See, I don’t think my side’s losing at all. In fact, if you listen to Ron Paul, he’s never seen more support for true Libertarian principles than right here, right now.

 

 

No, I think we’re just getting started. I think the Liberty Movement is just getting started, which is one of many reasons why I’m releasing Lord of Columbia here in 2018, when America hasn’t seen so much division since the Vietnam War.

 
I will never just live to make ends meet, or live to pay the bills, or live to work at a job I never dreamed about growing up as a child. I will never work in a job where I see zero influence on changing humanity. I will never work just to wait around for Friday Night. I will never be that person who groans because the work week has begun and the only reason I’m there is for the money. Because I like that, no, because I need that money.

 
I will never be a drone to society, a robot, who wakes up, fights traffic, force feeds, works eight to ten hours in a job so I can make ends meet, the majority of which in a house or an apartment that I merely sleep in because I’m either working all day, and when I’m off the clock, fighting traffic to and from.

 
And being oblivious to all the corruption around me. All the wars, all the profits being reaped by the military-industrial complex, oil industry, big pharma, and the prison-industrial complex. With my tax dollars.

 
Being too tired to worry about all the bought politicians, who are only in office because of “generous” contributions made to their campaign by the corporations listed above, and to keep the people sedated, commit “generous acts of kindness” themselves.

 
Oh, it gets better, because these nationally televised events are going to be spun in an emotional way so the masses who’re watching all the news stations such “generous” contributions by select corporations, actors, comedians, politicians, and athletes bow down to their corporate gods and speak nothing but good things about them and that they can never do no wrong.

 
Oh, it gets even better, because now these corporations, politicians, celebrities, the likes, are deified, and whoever critiques them even in the slightest are given a lecture of, “Oh, didn’t you see what they’re doing for the sake of humanity,” when they’re only trying to look good in front of the masses on television, via networks who have a government license to run on air.

 
So no, I’ll choose not to conform. I’ll choose not to follow anyone who’s being deified on ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, or any other major outlet. I’ll choose to do my own research, and see what these people, these companies, these bureaucrats are really about.

 
And we’ll see how much they truly deserve to be deified.

 
For My Freedom Flame I’m Todd Matthews, thanks for reading.

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Self-Education is King

Why Public Schools Teach you to Conform

I believe having the discipline to go out and build your own brand via self-employment in the long-run is a direct component of libertarianism. With it, we’re not going to rely on corporations, employers, companies, governments, unions, or a combination thereof to take care of us. But schools teach us different.
What do schools really show us? Schools, especially public schools, which I’ve had the unfortunate experience of attending, shows us one thing: conformity to a higher bureaucratic power.
Think about the last time a public school prepared you for life. Did they show you how to think critically, or just to recall information they taught you? Did they teach you a second side to any argument, or only the argument the state-approved agenda wanted you to know? Were you forced to submit and obey to their authority? I’m going to guess you were, as in schools, we’re cognitively conditioned to talk when permitted, stand in a lunch line or any line for that matter resembling prisoners in a penitentiary, and move only when a bell permits us to do so.
Does school prepare us for a life of self-reliance and liberty or a life of dependency?
I remember my sixth-grade teacher telling us the only point of school was to prepare us for a job. In such a job, we would be submissive to our employers, our direct managers, and the dreams and ambitions of the company or government entity we represented, and nothing more. We were to make just enough of a living to pay the bills, taxes, retire, and die.
Amazing.
And people fall for this, the masses, day in and day out. Our state-run public school prison system will train you to repeat information over thirteen years, generating dependency on either the government or a large employer, depending if you choose public or private sector, to take care of you via a bribe they call compensation, benefits to take care of your family, and a retirement plan so you can die with a few dollars and they’ll tax the inheritance you leave your next of kin.
Which is why I created My Freedom Flame in the first place. This blog is, indeed, a libertarian-based blog where I preach self-education. Since our public schooling system doesn’t show us how to create and monetize a blog, build a brand, find your niche, and get paid to change the world, I’m in process of doing the work for anyone who comes across my blog.
My journey has only just begun, and I’m sure many of you may be sick and tired of going to the same job day in and day out, for years, perhaps. Either the job isn’t what you’ve been wishing to do when you were young or it’s dead-end, or flat-out boring, you want to find another way.
There are plenty of people like you and I encourage you to do a few things each day. One, research what you love. What’s your passion? What would make you want to wake up as if every day is Christmas morning, to the point to where you can’t wait to get to work? That’s your niche.
What? You can’t do this because there’s no money involved? Maybe there is money involved, but it’s going to take time to build an audience. Well, you need to research this. I’m in process of building my writer’s platform, so I spent months researching the topic before I started building it back in early February of this year.
I want you to know anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Never allow the public schooling system, who in many cases picks and chooses winners and losers of society by favoring the well-off kids and forgetting the common kids.
Research brand building. Research how to get your name out there in a field important to you. Take notes and dedicate an hour or two per day to research your passion and how to monetize it. In time, and if you put the necessary work into it, you’ll be fulfilling your dream, and not someone else’s.

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