Prisoner Of Society

"Growing up it all seems so one-sided. Opinions all provided. The future pre-decided. Detached and subdivided in the mass production zone. Nowhere is the dreamer or the misfit so alone."


I need to go on an adventure. I've been going to school since I was 5 and I've gotten absolutely nothing out of it. Sure there are great memories and awesome friends, but the education itself is almost worthless. I'm pretty sure I stopped learning anything useful in 6th grade. I've never used Algebra in real life. What little Spanish I know isn't enough to actually communicate, and since they aren't making me learn anything past 102, I'll forget what I know in a year. America is hell bent on wasting the greatest years of your life just so you can make money. Let me tell you about money. It's worthless. I would know, I have more than I know what to do with. I work 20+ hours a week just so the number on my computer screen goes a little higher every once in a while when I check my account. My parents want me to save like 10 grand so I can buy a house or something. Why the hell would I want a house?

Oh that's right, I'm supposed to get married. Well that's not going to happen. I'm much too socially awkward and my standards are way too high for that to work out. Plus I doubt I would be that great of a hubby. You're supposed to be free when you graduate, right? But God and everyone under the sun conceived a device to make sure you stay a slave. It's called marriage, and if that's not enough to screw you out of the next 30 years of your life, kids sure will. I love (most) kids, but I don't want to actually have one. At least not any time soon.

My parents got married when they were like 19, and that's only because they screwed up and had me. I think it's funny how I'm an accident and I know how to live better than everyone who runs in the rat race cleverly disguised as the American dream. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with getting married and having kids, but I think people should at least examine their lives before they leap blindly into love and all that jazz. Commitment can do terrible things to a man if he is ill prepared. Look it up, it's a fact.

So if I don't follow the tradition of your standard domestic life, what other options do I have? Society somewhat tells you there is nothing. Everywhere you look, people are looking for partners. Other than having kids and continuing the human race, there is nothing I can contribute to society after I die. But why the hell should I contribute to the machine that wasted 20 years of my life? Just so things can go on unchanged and more sheep can mindlessly do what's been done since the beginning of time? The planet is already overpopulated, I don't see how adding to the problem makes anyone feel like they've done the best thing they could with their lives.

Singletons (I was forced to read Bridget Jones's Diary thanks to the machine) are looked down on because we don't contribute to society. If a man doesn't leave anything behind after he is gone, what was the purpose of it all? Well I ask you, what's the point of contributing of you're just going to die anyway and no one will remember you a hundred years from now? I have no idea who my great grandparents are. Never met them. Other than be indirectly responsible for my existence, I have no idea what they did. I think having a career and kids is given such emphasis because it's the most productive thing we can do, but it still doesn't matter. You've simply managed to leave an impression a little longer than I will.

I think the concept of not having a set plan for the rest of your life is the essence of life itself. I am free to do anything and go anywhere. I can experience things I never knew existed, while everyone else is stuck at home working every day for the rest of their lives. Why should I be looked down on for not knowing where I'll be in 5 years? If anything, it should be the other way around. I find it tragically ironic that society tells us not to conform to peer pressure, yet all this country is is a giant conforming machine.

Well I say NAY to slavery and YAY to adventure. I've spent far too much time learning worthless information for some supposed job that a piece of paper will grant me. When I'm not doing that, I have to work. I love my job, but I'm the only one in my family that has to do both. And I'm the only one who doesn't need either. Did I mention everyone in my family has been married by 21? Grandparents, parents, cousins, everyone. And yet I'm the last guy in the family with my last name. Looks like I'll finally put and end to all that bullshit. I'm a black sheep. Hell yeah. I think my actions will have a far more reaching effect than they would have by following the herd.

I've lived a sheltered life. My parents and everyone else involved forced me to be a good kid, but why should I have to be perfect if they weren't? I've accepted this treatment mostly because I'm naturally a good guy and I think it's funny when parents try to make their kids be something they aren't. That's how you get incidents like me. LOL. The other reason I accepted this slavery is because it's such an easy life. But I need to free myself and become something other than a spoiled brat. I've never had to pay any expenses or buy my own food unless I want the good stuff. It's time that I do what no one in my family has done. Instead of living a dull and monotonous life of misery, I'll go on an adventure.

Freedom is my bride, and my love is in league with the freeway. That's the true American dream if there ever was one. I for one am incapable of living like everyone else. I've been going to UNM for 3 years and I honestly don't think I can go through another one. I have no motivation to live the way others tell me to. I need a journey through places I've never thought to visit and challenges that change who I am. I've never had to go through much, and I take nothing seriously. Life is one big joke, and I never stop laughing. I think that shows how pointless life has been so far.

People take things so seriously when they never matter. I've lived my life for nothing but good times and cheap thrills. If I don't do something about it, I'll never forgive myself. Hopefully someday I'll pick up an instrument and write some music. I think the greatest contribution you can give to society is music. People may not exist without the standard method of living, but who cares about life when you don't have things like music to make it worth living? I believe life should be about the endless pursuit of experience and knowledge. Instead, I'm stuck in this institution, soon to be stuck in a cubicle lol. Man, that was one long overdue rant.
elwood2112 elwood2112
22-25, M
2 Responses Jan 10, 2013

God has nothing to do with making you a slave. You don't have to believe in him I choose to do so. As far as the rest of society. Welcome to the real world. Not everyone gets a trophy like mommy and daddy raised you to believe.

You can get one if you know how you just have to rig the game in your favor instead of someone else's and it's not an uphill battle anymore :D

you know a good 90% of us were accidents. and i agree life should be about the ''endless persuit of experience and knowledge'' what you said is very true.

No daze you're not an accident. Mommy and daddy wanted a status symbol and a tax credit.