Considering ourselves as unique individuals that make our own choices is very important to our way of life as well as our state of mind. Discovering the idea that most of us are merely reactionary consumers programmed to conform to the will of others could depress us and make us much less productive. So the popular bumper sticker belief that we are all marching to the beat of our own drum, is kept popular for a very good reason. Yet that reason is better for the select few profiting from the blissfully misinformed masses than it is if we happen to be one of the mostly misinformed.

From the very beginning, there have been those among us that have felt like they were meant to organize or direct the rest of us based upon qualifications in their own mind that distinguishes the controller from the controlled. Now I am a firm believer that some are meant to guide while others volunteer to follow however that’s quite different than believing in systems of control that coercively empower a select few while exploiting the masses. As a matter of fact all good teams start with a good coach so leadership plays an important role in how we roll as individuals and as a collective. Still there is a distinction between being lead and being controlled that really is what this sound off is all about.

Imagine if you will standing in clubs all across the country and suddenly being hit by how much what you see happening at that moment is identical to what you just saw happening in the last 10 clubs you were in. People making a huge effort to emulate or reduplicate the current trending idea of what comprises a hot club experience. The song selections, the way people are moving and even the pick up lines, all so the same you feel like you are watching a rerun of something you just watched last night on MTV or some movie. Independent expression from the accepted norms scripted out in music videos and television are few and far between if at all.

What’s even more apparent is the uniformity of expression and action in radio as well as indie talent trying to get to radio or labels. Young hopefuls simply parroting what they see their idols doing in order to have what their idols have. Cookie cutter behavior is born from a cookie cutter program that has become people’s reality. So when our thinking and our doing are both confined to a pre-existing authority or script for how something has to be, we become agents of whatever that particular system happens to be.

Of course people are not openly admitting that what they are doing is not really their idea or their feeling because they are being told it is and they are telling themselves it is. Yet the reality is that we can become agenda peddlers of someone else’s agenda. Desensitized soldiers carrying out orders that make life better for those at the type writing the orders than those carrying them out. Sleep walking our way through life in a comfort zone of less because having more requires so much more than being a drone.

Lastly, what’s important to note is that once you break from a particular system, it can be difficult maintaining an in the system out of the system relationship. Also understand that living outside the system you are dealing with less resources to do what you want to do because the system tries to monopolize all the options to us so we are forced to stay within the system to advance at all. It’s very easy eventually for true choice to look like a bad joke between those with power and those that want it bad enough to pretend they have it when they don’t. Yet in the end whatever allows you to express yourself is worth looking for and hopefully can avoid becoming just an all new system that is replacing an old one.

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