By Winston Wu (Founder of HappierAbroad.com)
While at the hospital today I had some deep realizations. I think the collective mode of people in the hospital, who are in a "crisis state of consciousness" actually puts me in a higher level of awareness to see things at a higher level, thus these realizations. Here they are.
There are several types of people in this world:
1. Most are conformists who follow the crowd and believe what they are told. They are empty inside and find their identity in groups or organizations of some kind, whether it be cliques or professional groups. They do not think for themselves and have a blindspot toward taboo subjects.
2. Others are loners and have no friends, only acquaintances and casual contacts at work. They are often lonely, but genuine and authentic people, since they have not compromised their identities by joining a group.
3. Then there are the counter culture types who are anti-society, anti-capitalism, anti-materialism and anti-system/government. So they join a hippie group or "alternative group" and do drugs or smoke pot. These range from deviant screw ups to peaceful hippie types. But they still conform to their group and find their identity in them. They aren't always independent thinkers, but they are closer to it than the conventional conformist types are.
4. Then there are free independent thinkers (like me) who really don't fit anywhere and do not naturally conform to any group or establishment. We have friends, but they are usually scattered about in different places and times. And sometimes we break into cliques of like-minded people with similar interests or views, but when we do it's temporary in that we do NOT attach our identity to those groups, nor do we see them everyday or live with them. Instead, we "free-float" between cliques and friends according to our circumstances and location.
I was like that in high school too. I did not identify with or establish myself with any cliques or stereotypical types/categories of people. Instead, I free floated between people (when I could) and cliques, never really belonging to any of them. Thus my nature was evident at an early age.
In essence, we stand for the truth, rather than for any organization or country. In that sense, we do not really belong to this world, because this world is for followers and conformists. Yet we are still stuck physically in this world. So we either run off and live anonymous lives, or we create a purpose for ourselves, either by helping others, or trying to wake up the world to the truth of their condition to try to make a difference. Some do this by becoming lovey dovey peaceful hippies and New Agers who spread peace, love and positive energy everywhere, while others become militant revolutionaries and activists who believe they are fighting evil established forces in the world for the cause of liberating mankind from the shackles of illusion and oppression.
Of course, these are only general guidelines. Some people are a combination of the above, or float between the categories outlined above.
However, inherently the system is rigged so that those who conform to it become robots and slaves, while those who defy it face becoming bums or delinquents. Basically, if you conform to the system of servitude and slavery, you get rewarded with material benefits. If you don't, you get punished with deprivation of your material and essential needs. It's a form of "forced servitude", in which freedom is a total lie.
You have to understand that society is not there to give you truth or freedom, but to CONTROL you. Society is ironic in this regard, for on the one hand, it tells you that you are a free individual in a free society, while on the other, it tells you that you have to conform - and become a slave who lives to work. (Yet ironically, what's the point of working to make a living, if most of your living consists of working?)
It is very difficult not to be independent and free of the system, yet able to live a functional, fulfilling and meaningful life at the same time. To do so requires a higher level of consciousness and ability to think outside the box. It requires one to find a way to make a living on one's own terms, either through self-employment, as a freelancer, or some other way. Few can do that, but most can't and so are forced to submit to the slavery of the system.
It also takes a deep sense of higher purpose and calling to make a difference in some way, which fills one with such conviction that they are not afraid to go against the grain or defy conventional teachings.
I think most of us at Happier Abroad are of the last type I described. Plus we are not cliquish antisocial people either, which is why we are complaining about our society being that way. You see, antisocial people do not complain about other people being antisocial, just like a lion does not complain about other animals being lions. We don't complain about others who are like us. It's those who are very social and need to connect with others who complain about it.
Sadly, in a sense, our society has no use for types like us. We are expected to be busy working and consuming and not complain about social disconnectedness, lack of dating, or dysfunctionality in America. If we don't, then we are ostracized and not given any voice. Essentially the system ignores us, our problems and complaints as if they doesn't exist. That's the injustice we hate.
Anyway, we are all in this together, so let's try to work together somehow to bring awareness, freedom and help for the suffering.
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