Why have we allowed this to happen? How have we gotten sucked into the vortex of living a false life — a life that we never defined for ourselves?
It takes courage to say, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
It takes courage to say, “This is my life, and I’m making the rules here.”
It takes courage to say, “I don’t give a damn what ‘they’ are doing or saying or admonishing or threatening.”
I just don’t give a damn about political correctness. Human decency, basic manners, and my personal values serve as my guide not some bound up ideas about avoiding offense at the cost of common sense and reality. Sometimes we must have the courage, the guts, sometimes even the anger, to not care about the possible consequences so that we have the freedom to live life on our own terms.
But there is a catch. It is not about not giving a damn, it is knowing when we should and should not. This is one of the keys to living, the ability to discern what we should and should not do and when.
Hence, I don’t really try to live up to the expectations of others because I have to take responsibility for and define my own life. But where possible, I still listen to what they have to say in case I might have missed some crucial insights about a situation. It is good to listen to advice and suggestions, but at the end of the day, we must always form our own conclusions and not blindly follow others.
What’s your philosophy?