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Radical Individualism.

Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 12:55:21 AM
You young bucks are always desperate to be different from your peers.
Weird hair, clothing, music, tattoos, sexual preferences, etc...
The trouble with that, is that everybody else is doing it too.
What's left that marks you as different and cool?
How about this?

Everybody takes themselves uber-seriously. Think about that.
Everybody else is an egomaniac narcissist. Except you, of course.
But even then, everybody calls you one, because they just don't 'get it'.

How about cultivating a zany lack of self-importance?
Like, just don't give a toss about your image.
Make jokes about yourself. Put yourself down and laugh about it.
Go out of your way to look silly, to others.
And don't even care when they call you silly.

Go on, do it. You know you want to!
Have some fuckin' fun, already.

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 01:33:11 AM
Learning this saved the latter half of my youth... don't join the herd. The first rule of herd club is to deny being in herd club.

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 03:54:10 AM
You should see the private message I got for this post.
Illuminating stuff.
A shame it's private.

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 09:43:40 AM
Actually, I do a fair amount (as do many from my groups) to fit in with those I'd consider my "peers".  Hessians are tribal - we like belonging to this group.  We wear similar clothing, we all grow our hair long, we listen to the same kinds of music, enjoy the same literature, films, and games, and often like similar food/drink/intoxicants.  At the same time, we can all recognise that each member of the group has individual qualities and skills, which set him/her apart from the others in our minds.

True "individualism" comes from being a part of a group.  This is how we naturally operate : )

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 12:30:20 PM
Radical individualism is the Crowd at its essence.

Of course, it ends up producing an even greater hive.

We are all individuals, together, identically.

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 01:24:09 PM
No one is unique. Seriously, six billion people and anyone is unique? Not gonna happen.

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 05:29:37 PM
That's a funny thing...
My wife and I were discussing something very similar, yesterday.
I am totally unique, and it really sucks. I've self-developed to the point of literally being a crow among humans.
Yet I long for a world in which I was utterly normal, by the development standards of the rest.
I would love to be normal, or even sub-normal.
The road less-travelled is lonely one, indeed.
But a magnificent one, nonetheless.

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 06:04:48 PM
Being at the end of my "youth", at the verge of adulthood I've just about learned this. Makes life a lot easier. Think your own way.

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 06:09:04 PM
Better yet, to not 'think' at all.
Can any of you define what 'thinking' actually is?

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 06:12:43 PM
When you follow the heart of this world, wich is your real heart, the individual fall in place naturally were it belong.

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 06:13:26 PM
That is true. Leave all "knowing" behind. Left with only your senses and the world to explore. How happy is that?

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 06:25:47 PM
Happy happy happy.
But there are even places far beyond happiness.
There aren't words for those places, due to lack of demand.

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 06:32:27 PM
I don't know about those places.

"Other planes lie beyond the reach
of normal sense and common roads
But they are no less real
than what we see or touch or feel"

Maybe these places?

Re: Radical Individualism.
April 25, 2012, 06:45:49 PM
Maybe.
Something people often fail to consider, is that they can only know about the things they know about.
There are probably several things people don't know about :)