Today is about living as you...
“I often warn people, somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, '
There is no 'i' in team.' What you should tell them is,
'Maybe not—but there is an 'i' in independence, individuality, and integrity.'”
― George Carlin
Independent thought is not encouraged in our culture, unless it translates directly to material gain. Those who think differently often find themselves marginalized, their ideas largely ignored or discredited. Making them, easy and convenient targets for discrimination and violence.
Individuality is weakened through memes, fears and social pressures. Feeling threatened by stressful and uncertain events, the public often adopts a herd mentality. Extolling the virtues of political dogma breeds conformity. Making angry and fearful individuals feel safer, insulated in like-minded groups.
Integrity is undeniably the most endangered trait of our species. Undermined by messages from our culture, it is easy to push aside our integrity for personal gain; or to look the other way to avoid upsetting the status quo; or to support deplorable actions by embracing the idea that the ends justify the horrendous means.
Attempting to live life with integrity as an independent individual in western culture is a superhuman task. It requires discipline and grace. Both of which, come in your original packaging, and can be expanded with use.
Wishing you a day of superb splendor!
Fly on, Superhero.
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