Travel Size Napoleon

March 27, 2013

Why is deciding for ourselves not enough. Why are we so terrified of someone disagreeing with us that we insist on imposing our choices on everyone else. We are no longer content to be delusional masters of our lives, kings of our own houses. We rise up as little fun size Hitler’s, travel size Napoleons, hell bent on ruling those around us.

It’s not enough to personally decide to abstain from eating meat; it has to become public policy that no one can eat meat.

It’s not enough to choose a homosexual lifestyle; we have to twist the arms of everyone around us, until they affirm our lifestyle choice. Why do we insist on public approval for our actions, denying others their right to an opinion that differs from ours?

It is not enough to choose not to own a weapon, or to choose not to have the ability to use one – we have to make it law that no one can own a weapon.

We don’t believe in God, so we want laws enacted to remove crosses from every building in the United States. We don’t believe in prayer, so we want it outlawed in schools.

Why are we not content to rule our own lives?

I do not feel that living with someone before you are married is a wise decision.  Surprisingly, I don’t feel the need to storm the doors of the Supreme Court to make the choice to live with someone prior to marriage illegal.  Nor do I need social affirmation or public policy to confirm my own decision.  Buddha has no spiritual relevance to me. It being devoid of meaning in my life doesn’t incite me to have it banned from my sight. I thoroughly enjoy eating a steak, yet I don’t feel the government should require people to consume an allotment of beef each day.

Forcing your opinion, your lifestyle choices, to become law is more of a testament to the Buick sized chip on your shoulder than anything else. A confident person with no doubts about the soundness of their choices doesn’t need that affirmation.  Demanding that the government validate your existence by law, taste’s something akin to an inferiority complex.

You want attention? Do something admirable.  You want to be seen as a person, rather than a stereo type? Break the mold. Start by being content with yourself and people will follow suit.  Hearts were never changed by a law, nor has persecution drawn anyone to a different lifestyle.

Come to think of it, I have an aversion to quiche. As in I refuse to eat quiche.  I will now make it my life long pursuit to end the baking, promoting, or eating of quiche in all the land. The law shall forbid egg to touch pie crust as long as I live.

While I’m at it, I think I’ll sweep the nation in an effort to have chocolate forever labeled a vegetable.  I know that since the beginning of time, chocolate has never been a vegetable but I want the definition of vegetable redefined so I can have affirmation about my eating habits.   I refuse to be satisfied with happily eating my chocolate, and I refuse for you to say it isn’t a vegetable.

When you find yourself becoming a travel size Napoleon Bonaparte remember his words, “Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self-interest.”

Prove him wrong.

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  • alexmaldonadorego March 29, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Powerful post and so thought provoking! I have often wondered why people are basically bullied if they are against popular opinion or ideas or beliefs. Joining the bandwagon is hard to resist especially when you know you will be ostracized. But shouldn’t we make up our own minds? We can choose to respectfully disagree and go on our own way or we can create chaos with hatred or judgement. We are so brainwashed to think that this is bad or that is good for us. You know what? There is good and bad to most things, It is important to weigh each out and make up our own minds. Stand apart from the bullies who want to shove their opinions/ideas/beliefs down our throat. it might be lonely but at least we can be proud to know that we are true to ourselves. In our history, there have been people who stood up and were thought to be crazy/radical/etc. but we remember them in our text books as heroes.
    -Alexandra (from your Social Media & Public Relations Class)

  • theentheory March 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Interesting. I think the one thing that it all boils down to is power. It is about having it and using it over others. Nothing is personal anymore. It seems as if people what you to believe in what they believe and if you don’t then I will make you. I like differences of opinion. It is healthy and a discourse about those differences is healthy. My life is just that MINE. I don’t want others following me and I hope they don’t. As a people we have a hard time coexisting. Division is the second greatest deception of the Devil…

  • crunchychronicles April 2, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Good topic! There was an interesting article that I read recently (can’t rememeber what magazine it was) but they were talking about the influence of Reality Television on our younger generations. They stated that reality television have given it’s watchers an ability to envision themselves as a reality star in their own life, which includes all those reality star traits (that many people hate about reality tv to begin with) including a sense of entitlement, loud and often uneducated opinions, lack of team emphisis (backstabbing and often voting people out) and overall superficiality. There is definately some overlap here with what you are speaking of.

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