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The unspoken misery of Americans

By From page A8 | January 12, 2014

Nearly everyone in America is miserable, in one way or another. Society pressures us to abandon individualism in favor of conformity in order to be accepted. Being a free-thinker translates to you being a “threat to society” because you dare to think differently, to challenge and go against the “acceptable standards” and do what you, not society, want to do.

As a free-thinker in the United States of the America, its automatically assumed that you must be a danger because you refuse to blindly follow the established way of thought without question.

Questions lead to thoughts, to undermining authority, undermining authority leads to loss of power, and if its one thing that authority doesn’t want to surrender, it’s power to its subjects or even worse, surrender power to those whom they work with every day. They don’t want to create a threat to their thrones that they can easily deter. American society is pressuring millions of young adults to dress, act and conform to the standards of society. From a young age we’re raised so that, when someone is bullying you on the school grounds, you either run, let them pounce on you, or run to the teachers and let them fight your battles for you.

Instead of society teaching young people to stand their ground and defend what they believe in, they’re taught that their values are not worth fighting for, that if someone bigger, nastier than them tries to take what’s theirs, they should give it to them on a silver platter and offer no resistance. When adults are fully grown, many don’t resist, they don’t know how, they don’t dare to challenge the status quo.

Long hours working at a degrading job with increasing limited returns and benefits traps employees into work that offers them no future.  Corporations see people not as “valuable employees that they care about,” but nothing more than disposable tools that can be replaced by someone else who doesn’t ask questions or challenge the “norm” of the corporation.

We’ve become robotic.

Kyle Waller

Fairfield

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 12, 2014 - 6:08 am

    Kyle, include me out of your misery charge. Life is what you make it young man. There are bullies and mean people at every stage along life's road. But there are good people too. People that will recognize your skills and work with you. Don't get caught up in the woe is me game. Break out, stand up and be counted! It gets better, but you have to keep working at it.

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  • ?January 12, 2014 - 8:47 am

    Become a Mason?

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  • The MisterJanuary 12, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Kyle, regardless of what CD said, if woe is being thrust upon you at every turn, then "woe is me" is a perfectly rational assessment. Is there the spark of something that can be done for California? Yes... Ellen Brown is running for Treasurer (research this!). She has been educating people on, and is running on, creating a "state bank" in California... very much like the only other state that has such a "state bank", North Dakota. A "state bank" is one where the profits of the bank go to the state government... not to wealthy stockholders. North Dakota has very low taxes, very low unemployment, and an economy that has not suffered to any degree like the rest of the country. There is not only hope, Kyle, there is a way.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 12, 2014 - 8:35 am

    The Mister, no surprise you taking the low road. Must be terrible living in such a dark and dingy place? Kyle would be far better off and way better adjusted if he followed my advice and left yours to the buzzards. No doubt about it!

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  • The MisterJanuary 12, 2014 - 9:18 am

    CD, I'm sure living with your head in the sand is much more enjoyable than reality. But with your head in the sand, there is only one position for your behind... and that is certainly too big a target to be ignored.

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  • CD BrooksJanuary 12, 2014 - 10:10 am

    The Mister, nobody on this site has their head deeper or farther up than you. But some folks like living in the dark! Good luck.

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  • Mike KirchubelJanuary 12, 2014 - 11:56 am

    TM, thanks for the tip on Ellen Brown running for treasurer. I might just vote Green this year. STR, where were you on that one?

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  • The MisterJanuary 12, 2014 - 12:00 pm

    I'm sure STR will be for Ellen Brown. Shhhh, STR is resting right now from all that earlier commenting.

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