We are pushed into school at a very early age and told what to think and what to learn and even how to learn it, no free thinking permitted. I feel we are taught to conform, to accept life as it is, not to question it. We are taught that we grow up, get a job, any job, buy a house, get married, be good, tow the line, have a family and then teach them the same conformity. Letting their opinions and thoughts be drowned out by the noise of others opinions. We should be encouraging free thinking and the ability to follow your own inner voice. After all no one else knows yourself, quite like you. Teach us how to follow our own intuition and passions, so as not to have to live someone else’s life.
Imagine a world where we allowed our kids the space and freedom to find and then follow their own passions, instead of forcing them to make career and life choices before they truly know their own minds. Squashing everyone into the same small box with walls all around them is not working. Just look at our rates of depression and suicide. Why are they so high?
What if my kids don’t fit into this box, what if they don’t or can’t conform to what society expects of them? Surely it is time to realise that not everyone will. That is the beauty of human nature after all, that we are all different in many ways. So it stands to reason that not all of us will thrive in our tightly controlled world. It is time we looked at what options there are for those who don’t want to or can’t follow along. We are squashing our citizens creativity, killing their joy with this thinking and teaching and expecting far too much from some.
I don’t have all the answers, I don’t pretend to but I see unhappy and pressured kids, and bored sometimes miserable adults who are forced to work in jobs that require little or no imagination, like a rat stuck on a wheel, to simply feed and house their families, which as a basic human right just shouldn’t cost so damn much. If shelter and food was free then jobs would be about finding your passions, following your dreams and being happy. Instead we are working like slaves day after day, making millions for someone else all whilst scratching together enough money just to eat and have a home, in a job that sucks the life right out of you. Some people are lucky enough to find out their passion early in life, these people tend to do well in the system, but what about those that don’t? What do we have in place for those people? Has life really become about working for 35 years fixing machinery in a toilet roll factory just so we can be clothed, have a car to travel to that mind numbing job, put a roof over our heads and eat! Surely there is more to life than that?