Chad Perrin: SOB

10 February 2007

The Antisocial (Mini) Manifesto

Filed under: Cognition,Liberty — apotheon @ 06:23

Ogre, of the SLF, told me today that he’s been struggling with articulating how he feels about the world these days and politics in general. He then proceeded, off the top of his head, to lay out in no uncertain terms exactly how he feels — and I sympathize. In fact, I thought it succinct and brilliant in its eloquence and clarity. I call it the Antisocial Manifesto:

I don’t want to be a crazy radical, threatening violence and bloodshed and armed insurrection. I don’t want endless war between “my” country and everyone else. I want peace. Most importantly, I want to be left alone to work on cars and motorcycles and sculpture and software, without the continual fear that the entire world is going to come crashing down around my ears at any moment. I repeat, all I ever want is to just be left the hell alone — but the world won’t have that.

I think that about sums it up.


  1. i feel the need to point out that, strictly from the paragraph above, the problem does not appear to be that the world won’t leave you alone, so much as the fear that the world won’t leave you alone. which fear is propagated by every source of media with an interest in capturing reader interest, which is to say, all of them. you may have a slightly biased window on the world.

    Comment by sosiouxme — 11 February 2007 @ 11:19

  2. I guess you’re not familiar with ideas like National Tax Freedom Day, the right of the people to petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus, and the effects of subsidies on the food we eat and the solvency of entrepreneurial endeavors. Some of that is a very valid set of “fears” that the mainstream media actually does its level best to ignore, and some of it is very real interference in our lives whether you recognize it or not.

    Comment by apotheon — 11 February 2007 @ 12:55

  3. now, now – see how you injected your own meaning into my observation? i never said anything about the mainstream media, or that there aren’t any valid fears or any interference to be recognized. only that, from the original statement, your focus on them may be what causes you the most mental anguish. the most stressful situation is one in which you have little control but the results are of dire consequence (like the USA in Iraq). of course IANA shrink.

    Comment by sosiouxme — 13 February 2007 @ 06:04

  4. I’m not willing to just ignore things that can directly impact my life as well as the lives of hundreds of millions of other people because it’s too “hard” to do something about it — especially when they’re among the most important factors in my life. The fact it’s a little stressful isn’t enough motivation for me to buy into the “ignorance is bliss” way of dealing with life.

    Comment by apotheon — 13 February 2007 @ 01:39

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