It seems many– if not most— people have hypotheses of How Things Work that depend on everyone being evil idiots… except when they have political power. In that case, they are necessary and society can’t function without them. Mmhmm. Sure.
One of our deepest desires is for freedom: to be free of stress, anxiety, a frustrating person, a difficult situation, financial struggles, health problems, the daily grind, distractions, feeling inadequate. One of the great discoveries of my life is that this freedom is always available to us. In any moment.
If you don’t want to be oppressed, harassed, cajoled, propagandized, gaslit, brainwashed, abused, taxed, regulated, and coerced into submission, the only real solution is within yourself. Let your very existence be an act of rebellion.