(I wrote this on April 11, 2011).
Ever feel like an alien lost on earth? It shouldn't be this way, but these days there is so much unwarranted pressure to conform to some kind of ridiculous ideal of what a citizen (or person) should be.
"Why aren't you on Facebook?" Because I don't want to be tracked! Why the hell are you so willing to be a sheep to the digital slaughter? And why do you think this is so incessantly promoted, if not to corral us into a facial recognition system? Sorry, but I'm sick to death of being told what to do by pea-brained idiots. (Don't worry -- this is the angriest part of the article!).
I definitely miss the '60's (even though I was young at the time) -- it was a time when freedom and creativity were in full bloom. And Mom got a book called 'Baby and Child Care' by Dr. Benjamin Spock.
I'm not sure how much influence this really had on her parenting philosophy, but one of its intentions was to help raise "inner-directed" children. And that's me to a tee!
Maybe it also comes from being a third-born child, that we are 'Born to Rebel' as another book noted. I do know that even in kindergarten, I'd sometimes "hole up" with a book rather than socialize. And when the teacher confronted Mom about this, she'd say, "He doesn't need any friends!" Hey wait a second -- can't we encourage a healthy balance of intellectual exploration and friendly play?
You see the strange dilemma I was in. The public or government schools are dedicated to perpetuating conformity and obedient workers for the industrial state (or what's left of it). And Mom, well, she probably had more of a gypsy-like Dutch hippie philosophy in mind for me. (Dutch hippie with a little slice of Attila The Hun thrown in!).
Along the way I guess they saw me as kind of a gifted student. Learning to read at age three from a magnetic letter board, was commemorated in a couple of local newspaper articles -- featuring me reading their publications. This was the same year (1965) as our city flood -- so it was nice to be part of the good news! (My brother and I both contracted pneumonia so it probably provided some comfort for that too).
Then in school I got to play with those SRA reading books, which were color-coded. And later in math, I even figured out how to decipher the coded answers in the back of the workbook! My friend Phil and I had fun competing with each other, too.
Today it seems like kids are ultra-programmed and even surveilled far beyond anything that could be considered sane. No wonder there is a clarion call to get kids outside in the great outdoors, away from all the regimentation and indoctrination.
If you took a time machine and went twenty or thirty years back, then looked ahead to today, could you even believe your eyes? Like the "Let's Move" campaign -- you mean the federal government has a tax-funded program to encourage kids to play?! That's insane! And so many other Orwellian developments we should be aghast at -- like the 'Brave New World' overproliferation of psychotropic and other pharmaceuticals.
Yesterday I heard that a Chicago school was actually thinking of banning sack lunches, because parents apparently aren't capable of making rational nutritional decisions? What are those administrators smoking? This is government running amuck, and it clearly needs to be restrained -- if not totally expelled -- from our lives.
This article is dedicated to anyone who was chosen last in school sports; to those punched in the abdomen in high school, and just generally mistreated for daring to live your life in a nonconformist way. Like one of Morrissey's albums calls it, "You are the quarry."
Today we live in a kind of exclusionary state, and it is going to get worse, so you had better join the forces of freedom. (There's even a group championed by G. Edward Griffin called Freedom Force International). Before you know it, you may very well need a special chip or card to travel. And if you want to work, you will probably need permission from the federal government. This is definitely in the pipeline.
When this happens, if you refuse to conform, you will find your options severely limited. So definitely plant a food garden and network as much as possible. (The 'One Radio Network' is a great source for survival information -- and is available on the iTunes Radio - Talk sub-menu). Get acquainted with your neighbors and local farmers. And add precious metals (especially coins) to your portfolio.
Is it possible that earth's humanity actually came from another planet as alien invaders or as a population-breeding experiment? Then you wouldn't feel so alone in thinking you are an alien!
The whole "indigo child" phenomenon is useful to protect kids from those who would drug away their special gifts, but we should extend the same protection to all kids -- and adults. It is comforting to believe that today's children are going to transform our society into a more loving, natural and compassionate place. That's definitely a worthy goal. So we should encourage and live by these ideals, providing a great example for youngsters.
To overthrow the whole "stranger in a strange land" alienation feeling, I have some suggestions and reforms.
1. Start with your own life, family and friends. Open up your heart -- not enough so it falls out, but be supportive and loving -- and respectful. Practice forgiveness -- and this is sometimes hardest with those around you. Try to provide sufficient space / breathing room -- don't get in each other's faces!
2. Curb your megamedia intake, since it's frequently dedicated to an idiotic pursuit of conformity and the fool's gold of phony wealth. Reject their idiotic agenda!
3. Work to get kids out of abusive situations and government schools, and government out of schools. A free society requires schools based on freedom and not coercion and deceit, so support choice and free competition. Kids deserve the best!
4. Reject mind and body-numbing pharmaceuticals whenever possible, as they tend to lead to more dependence and misery. Wean yourself off them (see DrugAwareness.org on how to do that). And learn about natural alternatives from whole foods to supplements (see NaturalNews.com and LEF.org) -- research them yourself!
5. Reach out to those who are hurting and neglected. This is most important. We are put here to take care of each other and no one should feel alone or abused. Use your unique gifts to help the sick and downtrodden.
6. Join forces with those who are also fighting for human liberty and dignity. Go for what you are most passionate about, and (as radio host Jack Blood says), "Mighty forces will come to your aid!"
7. Try to turn the static off in your mind -- whether through prayer, meditation, yoga, nature immersion, or calming foods / drinks / herbs. Establish a calming center in your home or yard, and add relaxation tools like a waterfall (even a small one). (Our neighbors have a neat one that employs bamboo tubes). Feng shui, anyone?
8. Instead of getting wound up with our own pursuits, walk away and focus on others. And what is important to your family -- and how can it be improved? This could be as simple as fixing a lamp or giving Mom some flowers.
9. Love connects us all -- all creatures great and small. So seek companionship with people and animals -- as we're put here to take care of them.
10. Treat each new day as a miracle and an astounding gift from the creator. No one can live it in the extraordinary way that you do. (Check out the amazing books by biochemist Roger Williams for more inspiration). And when you think about it, there's really no Us vs. Them OR aliens. We're in this life together, some way and somehow. So where do you want to go?