Unapologetically YouSubmitted by dwalters on Sat, 04/26/2014 - 23:32
One of the main modes to induce societal cooperation is the imposition of shame. If people don't agree with what you do - morally or otherwise - they will very often directly or indirectly attempt to influence your actions through avenues intended to saddle you with a feeling of shame. If you're a homosexual, you should be ashamed. If you smoke marijuana, you should be ashamed. If you're an admitted anarchist, you should be ashamed. If you don't comply with societal norms in general, you should be ashamed. Bologna!
Don't pay them any heed. As long as you're not harming another individual, tell them to go to hell in a hand basket. BE YOU.
If you're not you, who are you?
When folks attempt to shame you, before you feel bad, first ask yourself, "Are my actions harming others?"
If you're using the State to better yourself, you should feel ashamed. If you're molesting children, you should feel ashamed. If you're a murderer, you should feel ashamed. However, if you're a peaceful anarchist, for instance, tell them to kiss your rosy red.
Be unapologetically you. Otherwise, you're trying to be something you're not - which makes you a phony.
Further, it makes it near impossible to influence others toward your way of thinking when you're susceptible to unwarranted shame. That's why they do what they do. If you're ashamed for no good reason, you are the one being influenced.
Remove the shame from your game.
I like you because you are you. Do you?