Thousands of individuals willingly give away the freedom they earn through a long hard journey of discovery every day. Leaders, philosophical, political, monetary and lifestyle guru’s abound. Within the movement for real freedom these sycophants are more prevalent, less guarded and almost always brilliantly wrapped in verbal and physical beauty.
So why do so many supposedly intelligent, free individuals pursue and attach themselves to these geniuses of mental masturbation? It comes back to the principles that guide humans as a whole. We desire to be apart of something greater and will often times give up far more to gain a little. Being a true individual is not simple it is not easy and it is not laziness. In fact, being an individual and avoiding the pitfalls of leadership and leaders regardless the encompassing situations requires far more individual work.
We as individuals should embrace fulfilling relationships with other humans, it is healthy and natural. However, it is counter-intuitive to use those relationships to avoid our own personal responsibility to discover what is right for each of us as an individual. This is why as an individual I have chosen to distance myself from all those who would claim to be leaders or guides or whatever name their narcissism drives them to use to mask their destruction. You should do what you want to do, not what any other man or woman desires of you. I often use quotes from Sun Tsu, Henry D. Thoreau, Thomas Jefferson and many others who have had good thoughts and the ability to put those thoughts in a suitable arrangement using words and paper. This does not mean that my life is formed around their beliefs or approaches and needless to say many of those I once thought to be heroes are now very far removed from that category in my personal life.
So why do you continue to promote your heroes and believe that they somehow deserve our undying affection and support so as to keep the “movement” together regardless their wrongs and faults?
Ask yourself that question and remember, I do not want followers, I do not want people who hang on my every word. I prefer instead those who may find an article or two I have written and using it to grow forgetting me soon afterwords. For that is growth, that is movement and that is true freedom.
Free the mind and the body will follow