Why do you think what you think?

Your thoughts are not you.

Your thoughts may not even originate from you.

Thoughts come and go.

Some are bad.  “I want to hurt/kill/rape that person!”  Don’t be hard on yourself because of them.

Some are good.  “I want to save the world!”  Don’t take too much credit for those.  😉

Some thoughts we hold on to.  We label those our ideas.  Our beliefs.

Some people cling to their ideas without questioning whether those ideas help them or hurt them.

Some people share their ideas.

Some to control others.

Some to improve the world.

I’m rebellious

I’ve always hated being told what to do.

Even if it’s something I need to do.  Even if it’s something I’ve been trying to do.

A year or two ago I was trying to quit drinking Mountain Dew.  I went to see a nurse practitioner about something else.  She told me to drink less Mountain Dew.  I drank twice as much after she told me that.

Then there’s that obnoxious anti-piracy “public service announcement.”  “You wouldn’t steal a car.”  Oh yeah?

I was dropping my kids off at school this morning.  The principal was making an announcement that students who were being violent would be suspended for a day or two.  This sounds totally reasonable.  But for some reason I resented her for saying it.

I wouldn’t consider myself an anarchist.  But I am a minarchist

I question why a lot of authority figures have any authority.

Some people in power seem to think I’m too stupid to make my decisions. I think they’re too stupid to make my decisions. I’m in a much better position to know what I need than they are.

Who are they to say I have to buy health insurance?  That should be my decision.

I understand the need for certain laws. It’s not okay to hurt other people or violate their property.

I do have a problem with laws that are “for my own good.”

I hate that I work to support a system I don’t believe in.

I hate that I have no real control over where my tax dollars go.

I hate feeling obligated.

I hate feeling powerless.