Tuesday, 1 April 2008
07:47:34 PM (GMT)
One thing I dislike is optimism.
When I talk to people about how I feel about the way society works, how people are
oppressed, controlled, and bled dry of energy and creativity, I've often been told
that's a very cynical way of looking at things.
Cynicism would be to have all those beliefs and believe nothing can be done about it,
just throw up my hands and say "Oh well. that's the way things are". I do not believe
that. I do not follow that system of beliefs either. I can't say I'm a fully
liberated individual, but the road I've chosen to follow should lead me down that
route, despite it contravening everything society has told me I should be aiming
What they are suggesting I should have is optimism. The system of beliefs that one
should take what they're given and be thankful, that one should accept their shackles
and thank their Massa' Jones that they're not going to be whipped today.
When people are like that, it frustrates me, because I know that if they weren't so
complacent they could easily greatly reduce their exploitation. Things like asserting
your right to do what you want to, rather than letting people in positions of
authority (parents, teachers, etc) dictate your activities and even desires.
It's not that I'm self-righteous about my beliefs, or at least I don't mean to be, I
just hate to see people get exploited. It's something that strikes me very
profoundly, and for people to accept and even encourage it (perhaps through optimism)
also strikes me, because it means people are being oppressed even in their own minds,
in the part that I adore about them, and that makes me very angry at the forces that
Anyway, enough for now.
P.S: I don't have any qualms about saying people are having the desires and their
thoughts controlled, it's pretty obvious when you consider it. Not that I'm above it
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