Anarchist No More?

in life •  2 months ago

For years, I had been wandering around, living life without a permanent place in this world. I was looking for some meaning in this meaningless life. I went outside the society’s living standards. I was an outcast. I was trying to find out if there’s more to life than this. If there’s more to life than the usual pattern: finish school, get a job, get a career, get married and have kids. I thought, there must be something else. I thought, there must be a better way to live.

Not participating in the norm and living up to the burden of freedom can make you an anarchist, or perhaps, just for the sake of the label. You are not destroying stuff and creating chaos, you are actually inspiring others to be free. It means to courageously live life on your own terms. I think writing essays about the ideology and labeling yourself doesn't make you one. It is to be able to get out of the matrix and think for yourself. It is to refuse to support those that enslave humanity. Those who are corrupt and control the rest of us.

Now as I enter the new chapter in my life, I find myself having no choice but to be socially responsible. I need to participate in the society and contribute something for the betterment of humanity, even if means doing something against my will - supporting the corrupt.

As you all know, part of starting your own business is registering it to the taxman. Oh yes, it makes the crypto dudes cringe just hearing the word ‘tax’. Honestly, I had been outside the country for like 4 years and never had to pay anything. I was a jobless nomad so I was not really required to pay taxes. I was not using our undeveloped roads, terrible healthcare and the exceptional services of the grumpy government employees. However, now that I’m back to being a resident, the politicians need my support once again.

I don’t know how it works in other countries, but here, I have to jump through hoops in order to register my new business or even just to pay my taxes quarterly and annually. And even if I'm not earning something yet, I still have to file no matter what, otherwise, I'd be penalized. Pain in the back mind you. There are some services that do the job but I can’t afford that convenience for now.

I used to work for a multinational corporation and the HR took care of all my tax obligations. All I had to do was to receive my payslip and be surprised by that big deduction off my hard work. Now I’ve transferred my tax registration to this small town so I could be part of its development, like a good citizen I am. Forgive my sarcasm, there are a lot of thriving businesses here now due to mass tourism and yet, the local government still doesn’t pave the muddy roads. It also makes me sad to see the village kids who have to walk on those ugly roads especially during rainy days. And they still haven’t improved the power lines too. Where does the money go?

The major corruption out there makes the one here less significant. It’s distracting you from all the mini corruptions taking place altogether all over the world. Ever wonder why the so-called developing will forever be –ing? It’s meant to be that way. The powerful forces are meant to keep the weaker forces at the same level. The underdogs are taught to be underdogs and the big dogs are taught to keep the underdogs thinking like underdogs.

I know, I tend to rant about stuff when I don’t like to do stuff. But you know, having a business means that I will participate in all that shit. I actually don't mind paying taxes here if I see that people can actually benefit from it, not make them poorer and poorer. I can see better roads in the rural area and more opportunities for livelihood. And I don’t always hear ‘yet another corrupt official' in the national TV. They don’t make dying patients wait, they give free medicines to those who cannot afford it, and they give free burial to those who cannot afford to die.

Growing up in this world just makes me completely lose my trust in the government. You cannot blame me, I see the hardships of those around me every day. Seeing those who just resigned to ‘it is what it is’ as if there’s no hope for social change. People are forced to follow, and now, I’m part of the herd.

I remember this film called ‘SLC Punk’, the main characters were two punk guys, the well-off 'Stevo' and ‘Heroin Bob’ who was afraid of needles. The two friends showed the punk scene in Salt Lake, Utah back in the early 1980s. It’s actually quite a funny movie as they mocked the cliques, the rockers, mods, anarcho-punks, posers, and nerds. Spoiler alert: ‘Heroin Bob’, who never really took drugs in his life, suddenly died by accident due to some medication overdose. Stevo told his dead friend that he’s a poser for dying and leaving him alone. Stevo found it meaningless to continue living the anarcho-punk lifestyle without his friend. He then continued to study law as what his father really wanted him to do. At the end of the film, he concluded that he was the real poser. However, he said that maybe he could bring down the system by being in the system.

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There is similar talk here in my country and the representatives of the people are blamed for the personal misery, but I can only see that those in government are basically fulfilling the will of the people. I think it is underestimated how many people actually support what is decided politically and put on the agenda. An example: While we good citizens all want to protect the environment, the first Member who publicly proposes paying five euros for a litre of petrol would still commit political suicide. To do without one's car is probably quite demanding of people after it developed over such a long time as a status symbol of freedom and mobility.
Just as rarely do I see a form of willingness to stop taking holiday flights. Everyone wants to fly on holiday. In fact, this seems to be the will of the people. Politicians revolve around where the strongest wind blows.

You have come a long way, you have experienced and seen a lot and yet you have not gained the freedom of thought that you are always as much a victim as you think you are a winner?

In this matter, we are all reasonably caught up in it. Politicians and companies alike are sitting on the consequences, which extend long before their time to the present day. These are true colossuses, whose dismantling can only take place slowly and with a lot of willpower. Trade and money are thousands of years old and what once began simply has increased in complexity, so that existing structures, habits, laws are truly gigantic.

Technological progress has a similar number of disadvantages in addition to its advantages. This includes the bureaucratic effort caused by rules and laws aimed at making it as safe as possible for everyone. This security can only be achieved and maintained with great effort.

Politicians are not very brave people, because the people themselves are actually rather adaptation artists. The people reflect their leadership to a high degree.

Change comes in any case. Whether through design or disaster remains to be seen. In the meantime, I'm acting like I'm already living in a post-growth economy and leading a modest existence.

I see you've strayed from radical anarchism. There is also a form of serenity and realism in your words that I find appealing. Every concept of life has both sunny and dark sides. Unfortunately, not everything good can be combined and one has to live with things that one does not like.

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While we good citizens all want to protect the environment, the first Member who publicly proposes paying five euros for a litre of petrol would still commit political suicide.

I don't know. All kinds of power tend to corrupt. I am quite a skeptic of everything these days, I feel like it's always about self-interest. Though I'm pretty sure that I'm wrong.

You have come a long way, you have experienced and seen a lot and yet you have not gained the freedom of thought that you are always as much a victim as you think you are a winner?

My society conditioned me to become a victim. Centuries-old of that type of conditioning can be hard to overcome. I'll try to make it, just like what the system tells everyone. I won't have to beat myself up though.

Every concept of life has both sunny and dark sides. Unfortunately, not everything good can be combined and one has to live with things that one does not like.

Thank you so much for this comment that is overloading with the truth.

I am seriously going to binge watch that comedy-drama film!! It seems very interesting and eye-opening.

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Oh yes, highly recommended! 7.5 stars on imdb lol.

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It is turning to be my favorite all time movie!!!! I never have any favorite prior that movie, now I do.

I live in a developing country that is "inging" for about 30 years after the democrats came and saved us from communism. I don't see the point of communism either and the mentality, but the democracy that we were given has only put is in debt, sold all our national treasures and put us work for foreign companies. This giant web that runs us all, no matter on what place on earth we might be seems so damn strong, however, I always searched for a hole in the system. The whole through which I can slip outside it, but not becoming persona non-grata either and recently the only thing that I like and see it as this type of hole is crypto. If it doesn't work for me...then it's back to the system again.

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Crypto is my only hope. I can't participate in our broken societies.

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I'm still part of the system so I can be part of crypto. The system is just broken, when will people ever realize this? This is why I don't like people, lol.

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but the democracy that we were given has only put is in debt, sold all our national treasures and put us work for foreign companies.

We were lead to believe that things will get better. It seems like that there's a big chain of conspiracy out there.

I hope that we can finally find something that works for us, which is better than going back to the system!

Haha I used to have that movie on DVD. I don't know what happened to it, sadly. I should buy it again at some point.

"It is to refuse to support those that enslave humanity."

That is really that the hard step that a lot of people are unwilling to take. It is like when you see some famous person go on T.V. and talk about the plight of the poor but then they go hope and refuse to pay their maid or gardener a living wage.

"I don’t know how it works in other countries, but here, I have to jump through hoops in order to register my new business"

Starting a business can be a pain here, depending on what it is.

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I've watched this film many times.

they go hope and refuse to pay their maid or gardener a living wage.

Yes, It is hard to live up to that idea. And people like to do good things while everyone is watching too.

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Haha Damn typos. I always seem to miss the easy ones lol. It was supposed to be home not hope.

Yeah I think you are right. A lot of them care more about looking good than doing good.

I just did 4 overdue tax returns this morning after breakfast! Finally got the taxman off my back.

Oh and

Oh yes, it makes the crypto dudes cringe just hearing the word ‘tax’.

Hahaha :)

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Sigh, good luck to me. I hope my application for 'tax exemption' gets approved soon though. I'm qualified by being a very small business in the local community! ;)

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