Just be

You see the posts on Facebook, read the headlines in the papers, hear the ads on television and radio. Seemingly anything of value needs to be…

The best
Ground breaking
Newest
Coolest
Rareist
Prestigious
Hype hype hype

You should make more money
You should be valued more
You should want _________

We’ve sold ourselves to the entities with the deepest pockets, deferred our authority to the premiere sociopaths. We’ve handed over our perceptions and lives to those with the audacity to tell us how to live.

What ever happened to using our own minds? What ever happened to just being?

Is it really so wrong to not want All The Things?

Is it really so wrong to be a woman, enjoying her job and un-worrying about her salary, despite the data showing that men make more?

Is it really so wrong to hang up one’s professional career to parent one’s children and pursue one’s personal interests?

Is it really so wrong to respect oneself and live one’s life according to one’s own scruples?

Is it really so wrong to __________________________?

Of course the only person who can define one’s value is oneself; deferring it to others is a choice.

Maybe the only thing anyone’s missing is nothing.

Be the change

The power always has and still does lie with the people.

Inaction IS an action.

Voting isn’t our only power. Our power is in what we do, or don’t, every single day.

Every minute that we spend complaining is a minute we are not doing. Every moment we spend wondering why someone else doesn’t do X is a moment we’re not doing it either.

Do you perpetuate noise?

Noise and voting

Or do you inspire/lead change?

Doing and change

At least one philosophical difference between the two extremes is likely the manner in which one values oneself and others. Those who see themselves as less important than those in positions of authority might think their view or their ideas don’t matter. Surely the “others” are smarter than they; surely there’s a reason why their thoughts haven’t been put to action already by those with big titles.

The person who values oneself at least as equally as others knows that their very existence, all the things they do and don’t do, say or don’t, impacts the world around them, in ways small or big.

Which are you?