You Don’t Need Permission

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Fuck permission-culture. Impress yourself, and if other people like what you’re doing, well, awesome! But what if they don’t like it? … Who cares??

The thing is, 99% of the time, you don’t really need to ASK somebody if you’re allowed to do something.  Yes, there are exceptions (that’s why I said 99% instead of 100%) but generally (almost always) you don’t need anyone’s consent to do your own thing when it comes to things like starting a business or making a musical album or painting a picture or programming an app, etc, etc, etc.

So, I made a video discussing this, and I mention the parable about the tiny elephant chained to the pole. Sorry bout the camera (phone) work, there are a few times where I should’ve panned down, not up… But anyway, unless you’re dealing with regulations (which, in some cases, you need to) or if you’re asking someone else to join you with one of your projects, or something similar to that sort of situation, why get permission – especially and specifically when you’re just doing your OWN thing? 

I know I’ll sound like I’m contradicting myself if start complaining about bureaucracy and regulations getting in the way of things, but those aren’t typically the types of things I’m talking about. Also, any person-to-person type of exceptions? Well, yea… obviously. I mean, I wouldn’t want to hurt anybody or push somebody into doing something they don’t want to do. Those are obvious exceptions.

This post isn’t about that, this is about YOU living YOUR life, and not sticking to the role you’ve grown into. A lot of what makes us who we are involves forces that we had little to no control over when we were just children. What I mean by that is social conditioning, social programming (you know… nice ways of saying “brainwashing” without actually using the word) by all sorts of authority figures.

The part of our brains that are responsible for taking orders are (sadly) often cemented into a brick. Teachers, parents, authorities of all kinds have reinforced this idea for our whole lives. Did they mean well? Sometimes, definitely! Yea! But – fundamentally, did we get taught the important lesson of learning how to create our own idea of WHAT VALUE IS? ….Prrrrooooobably not, in most cases….   And if people say, “Well, you just have a problem with authority,” my response to that would be:

YES! YES I DO!

So, I say, why not un-glue the neural connections in our brains that have been built up for decades that are responsible for us taking orders? TAKING ORDERS and just doing what you’re told is the reason we have had some of the most terrible things in world history. And NO, it’s NOT extreme for me to bring up something like war as an example. I think Abbie Hoffman or… John Lennon (?) was the one who said, “what if they put on a war and nobody came?”

I think having a problem with authority is extremely healthy.

No, that’s not just some rebellious punk idea, it’s something that should be considered common sense – but it’s not, because it’s common to just do what you’re told and live life by the script. Bah, I say. Bah..

There’s no value to anything other than the value we project upon it. That’s getting into Nietzsche-esque territory, and a good 5,000 pages could be written about that. It could be the longest blog post in history, but I’ll save that for another time. So for now, I’ll just leave it at that and say, as always, that there are always alternatives.

-Will

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