reply to post by NewlyAwakened
I am indeed self sufficient, at least enough to survive. However, to maintain anywhere close to a decent standard of living would be next to
impossible. Regardless of all the 'stuff' I have thought, I would probably much more happy living out of the system.
reply to post by astrogolf
I'm afraid my true passions, since a young age have taken a back door. The things that I wanted to do with my life were criticized from an early age
and scorned to be worthless and stupid ideas. So instead I went to school for a degree that I mildly enjoyed and have been working in ever since.
I created my business using the skills earned from my degree, with the hope of expanding it into something more associated to my passions. Of course,
the restrictions of money on expansion are quite relevant in such a situation.
The only reason I am happy doing what I do at my business, is because I do it for myself and because I want to do it, not because somebody else tells
me to do it. I have a big problem with authority and lack of freedom, and owning my own business, regardless of the profits or the job I do, makes me
happy in its own right.
Now, thanks to this job, I will inevitably have no time for my business and what comes next, we shall see in time.
reply to post by Acidtastic
Oh how I would love to do such with my life. But alas, I wouldn't want to do it alone. As much as I dislike society I don't know how much I could go
without some form of company with similar ideals.
reply to post by indigothefish
That is very insightful. I have always studied Buddhism to an extent, but I have never dabbled in shinobi. I will have to check it out. Thank you.
reply to post by Jimjolnir
It sounds like an excellent plan you have. I have a friend or two that has the same interests as I do, however, when push comes to shove I am the only
one ever willing to take the plunge. They always find some excuse not to do it or even start to do it.
I wish the best and hopefully the people you are planning with don't flake out at the last minute.
reply to post by havok
You put it best. It becomes impossible to distance yourself (legally) without dealing with the green beast. They tax you for earning and tax you for
living. But, I'm not afraid to avoid the law which is so poignant to disregard my liberty. If given the chance, I could care less about taxes and
reply to post by darkbake
You put it best. Everyone is out for themselves. They will even go out of their way to make other people do things that make them happy. For instance
my family tries to hide me under the rug on occasion because they feel I make them look bad. They aren't worried about making ME look bad, they are
worried about making THEM look bad.
Why should it even matter? If they don't want to have anything to do with me then these people should disown me, not try to force me to change
because that will never happen. Call it hard headed or whatever you like, but I would much rather be my own man alone than be a sheep within a
In a weird way, selfishness has created a society of togetherness. It doesn't make much sense but when everyone is out only for themselves, at least
they have something in common.
reply to post by schuyler
Nobody should have to shell out to keep you in food & shelter.
Who would be shelling out? I have you know that not once, EVER in my life have I collected any sort of handout or free pass from this lovely
government of ours.
Society puts out for you for the first couple of decades of your life.
No, my family put out for me for the first two decades of my life. My family has never accepted any government aid either. It was through their work
and their natural responsibilities as a parent that I was cared for. It isn't like society through a bunch of cash in donation for my well being.
If you have a state university education, society spent tens of thousands of dollars subsidizing it. It cost a lot more than you paid. So there is an
expectation of payback here.
I went to a technical school. It was paid for through loans that I - not anyone else - is expected to pay out. Sure that money was fronted to me, all
26 thousand dollars of it, but that is my responsibility and if it rests with anyone else, it rests on the shoulders of the financing companies. I
have no intention of shirking my payment for that, however, I can guarantee that my schooling was not worth more than what I have to pay for it.
When schooling in China costs only 1/3 of what we pay and has a higher standard of quality, there is no way anyone is convincing me that my half-arsed
degree was actually worth it's weight in paper.
I have a suspicion you 'like' 'society' a little more than you let on.
Perhaps I should rephrase it. I enjoy being in society, however, I absolutely abhor when society tells me I can't do something because it is not in
line with their thinking. This happens QUITE FREQUENTLY.
Following the norms of society doesn't mean that I am incapable of seeing the perks in a personal invention. Now if I were to be a Twitter fiend
using this computer, just because everyone else thinks it is "hip and cool" then maybe I would be conforming to that society.
As far as marriage, I don't plan on it. It is an unnecessary bond that can be made in a number of different ways that doesn't entail selling your
soul to government or a religion. Children? Well I'm not going to let society dictate how I have children or how I raise said children. Children are
the biggest aspect of life in which the dominant society wants to get their grubby little fingers on an raise them how they feel they should be. I do
not believe in that system whatsoever.
Trust me, I could get off the grid if ever I wanted to. I simply do not want to do it alone and so far in my travels, I haven't found anyone who is
as serious about it as I am. Right now, until I find someone or multiple people to join me, then I will instead opt to find out how to cope and
disregard society as it is.