I am A Radical

                                                                    

Yes, I am a radical.

I am a radical through no choice of my own but because reality- that crude, swaggering harpy- has put me in a position to either conform to social expectations, attitudes and platitudes or break free,  wake up and discover the extent of blindness that surrounds me. The choice was clear. As I’ve often said, conventionality doesn’t agree with Green Dogs.

I am a radical because certain things cannot be seen superficially and from only one point of view, but need to be explored and examined from different angles.

I am  a radical because I refuse to accept the official explanation, the majority view, the popular opinion as the one I should hold.

I am a radical because I constantly scrutinise myself and do not dwell in self-complacency or wallow in self-pity for more than a few minutes.

I am a radical because I always look for the roots of things, the reasons and the meanings.

I am a radical because the more I see the spread of ignorance and hear the winds of authoritarianism howl, the more entrenched I become in my quest for sanity and the pursuit of truth.

I am a radical because I believe that liberty and responsibility are two sides of the same coin, inextricably united.

I am a radical because in spite of so many reasons to despair over human nature, I have faith that deep inside people can distinguish between right and wrong.

I am a radical because I refuse to let other people´s expectations determine my life, in the same way that I do not assume they will fulfill mine.

I am a radical because I accept that I am ultimately responsible for myself and my choices and decisions.

I am a radical because I expect you to be responsible for yourself and your choices and decisions.

I am a radical because I do not believe anyone has the capacity to govern me better than I can govern myself.

I am a radical because I have no desire to govern anyone, and furthermore,  I understand the responsibilities as a parent or daughter I carry to be  a temporary compromise necessary for the wellbeing of the people I care for, but not a permanent attribution due to my greater capacity.

I am a radical because I try to do what I can for the people around me, within my sphere of influence, and don’t spend much time worrying about things that are beyond my control. As with so many other things, kindness and care begin at home.

I am a radical because I am not immune to fear but I refuse to let it control me.

I am increasingly more a radical as I get older because I tried being complacent and it did not work out well.

Last, but not least, I am a radical because I don’t know any other way of being.

The surface of life, regardless of how brilliant or how dull, is not where I want to live. I intend to delve deep into the multilayered marvels  that await those who dare go to the roots and be gloriously radical.
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    1. Thank you so much! As I said, I do not think of myself as a rebel or a radical but according to many people who know me, it would appear I am. It’s the kind of attitude I have towards life that either draws people to me or repels them. Mostly, I repel people! They also feel shortchanged because on the surface I am sooo normal! They expect me to be easy to interpret so when they hear what I have to say about many things they are surprised and upset.

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      1. Yeah…people who failed to conform to what the society deemed as “normal” has that kind of charm – the draw-repel, love-hate magic which I cannot decide whether a boon or bane. Mostly, I like to consider it a boon.

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  1. I appreciate your post. Seeking the truth, look deeply into a person or a situation, find the meaning and reason for the season, try do the things, not the opposite but a different way, dress the way that makes you feel good – all these things are positive, not rebel. It’s okay to be different as long as you don’t isolate yourself. We can always progress into a better self. Best wishes!

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