I readily admit to being eccentric and having unconventional ideas. I have never completely subscribed to any one school or tribe of thought, instead choosing to cherry pick the best ideas from all sides while throwing out the rest. I get that some people consider me a hypocrite or even not having principles for picking and choosing ideas from the various schools of thoughts when it comes to things like economics, science, politics, and even religion. Since I hold views from many different sources, and have for years, I have found myself in conflict with most conventional and normal thinking people. Most of my friends, regardless of what their political dogma, find it extremely strange that my views don’t line up directly with either right or left schools of thought. Some call me unpractical and even a hypocrite. I call it ‘thinking for yourself.’ I get that people that don’t hold conventional thoughts or try to figure out ways to improve on currently used systems of politics or science or business or anything else are not going to make many friends. One of the most painful truths I had to accept about myself and life in general was that I will never have a great deal of friends or popular simply because I look at the world in ways most people can’t picture. I can see the world from multiple angles. I even try to see it from the points of view of people that would consider me an enemy of all they hold dear. My religious friends think I’m strange in that I love science and technology. My science minded friends think I’m odd in that I find value in many aspects of religion and spirituality.
I have never understood why I have to be all one thing or another. That shows a lack of thinking as far as I’m concerned. I have never been much of a conformer, which has gotten me in serious trouble with my teachers and family, ostracized by peers and coworkers, fired by bosses, etc. But, at least being a non conformist frees me to look at problems from many angles and contemplate more than one possible solution. I do not believe violence and war solves all problems. Also, I believe some people cannot and will not be negotiated with and only understand force and violence and death. I think one of the greatest tragedies of early 21st century civilization is how inflexible and unadaptable many people, especially people in leadership of business, government, education, religion, and sadly sometimes science, are in their thinking and views of existence. I don’t give anyone any career advice anymore because we don’t know what careers will be around in even fifteen years. Many jobs will become automated and computerized and many industries and commodities and skills will be made either free or almost free within the next generation or two. And our rigid and uncompromising ways of thinking and looking at the world are going to hurt individuals, families, communities, and entire nations in the coming years.
Change is coming. We can either embrace it, grudgingly adapt to it, or rage against it to no avail. We can’t stop science and tech changes, not even a major collapse in our civilization’s economy can stop it, at least as long as infrastructure and the thought processes of movers and shakers remains in tact. We all read in school about the Depression of the 1930s and major pockets of civilization being without work and destitute. Yet, many self made fortunes in business and science advances came out of those dark days too. And if the money system does fall apart like I’ve heard from my economist and prepare friends, well it will be replaced by something else. It’s not like we haven’t had failures in the money system before. I know this isn’t normal thinking. But so what. I am not normal. Never have been and hopefully never will be. I may not have many friends because of my abnormal and eccentric thought patterns, but the friends I do have are amazing. And I wouldn’t have it any other way. Normal does not change the world or individuals for the better. Normal doesn’t improve anything. Normal is decay and death, especially in our time and age. And normal and stasis is only going to make things worse for individuals as time goes forward. Normal sucks.