I think these must be the most difficult times to be different. I don't mean 'going for alternative look'. I mean to just be different in any way. I get the feeling that sneezing in public would cause a stir in 2012. Heads would turn, sneers would appear on faces. A SNEEZE. Much to human these days, and all too much an offence to be judged.
And I have sneezed and witnessed the judgement. So it's more than just a feeling. It's fact.
Taking that idea on the road a little, I've been thinking how despairing it is, how difficult it is to be an actual individual in modern times. More so, in fact, I suspect than ever before in history! A bold and ridiculous statement? I don't care if it is! It rings true to me.
People look at you like you've just announce you have the worlds biggest genital wart. But all you've really said is that you don't have facebook.
If you don't drink coffee you must be insane. I've never been in a Starbucks. If I mention this, people say "why?" and look at me real funny.
And then there's the WWW. Yeah, the real culprit. Home of things like 'Emails'. Pretty much the internet is everywhere, maybe more than cockroaches, ants or humans. Certainly where there's a human there's an internet connection.
And so the conditioning continues. And what can we do? Unlike coffee, and facebook, the internet is pretty much needed as a tool now. Because everything has shifted online. ONLINE!!!
I'm all for progress, but modernism's more than ever have squished the individual, me thinks. I believe that the small percent of people that think for themselves, or the one's that just are different, have been made to feel so bad that mostly they are medicated on ssri's.
The ironing out of the individual is someone's pot of gold.
Has anybody been able to stay fully sane, and clear and strong and independent since 2000? With mobile phones (in your pocket 24/7), net connections, the social network, prozac and caffiene hot drinks.....
Do any of us dare to sneeze in public... carefree?