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Been thinking about Authority

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I’ve been thinking about this axis of meaning. Freedom seems to keep the romance (in the sense of doing what you enjoy and pursuing your passions) while ditching the rebellion (since it will accomplish nothing), and to keep the reasonableness (in the sense of avoiding destructive or wasteful behaviors) while ditching an excessive concern for respectability (since that’s ultimately not in your control and quickly becomes a straitjacket).

The core mistake that reasonable respectability and romantic rebellion share is the assumption that self and society have to always be mutually coherent. Reasonable respectability thus insists you should conform to society, while romantic rebellion insists that society should conform to your vision. Drop that assumption - allow that you will never fully “fit in” in society and that this is not necessarily a problem with or for either you or society* - and the dichotomy vanishes.

  • Unless either you or society decides to make it a problem.


This page is in the section ⚒ Authority,
      which is in Doing meaning better.

The next page in this section is ⚒ Reasonable respectability.

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