Be Ungovernable

I’ll never forget the story of the communist regime in Poland throwing in the towel and giving up because the people were “ungovernable”.

Be ungovernable.

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.

The kind of person who just thinks different and acts in accordance with their own internal guide takes immense resources to control. Eventually, would-be rulers have to give up and go find less exhausting marks. Many people may try to oppress you. They may succeed in making your life miserable and inflicting suffering. But don’t ever let them succeed in controlling you with the ease they need to sustain it.

You belong to no man. They can cage or kill you, but they can’t tame you if you choose to remain free.

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Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis, an awesome startup apprenticeship program. He is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He’s written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning. When he’s not with his wife and kids or building his company, he can be found smoking cigars, playing guitars, singing, reading, writing, getting angry watching sports teams from his home state of Michigan, or enjoying the beach.

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Kent McManigal
10 months ago

This is one of the best things I’ve read recently. Makes me hopeful. Thank you. (I’ll be sharing this on my blog, soon.)

10 months ago

Right on! I can’t count the number of times I’ve used this phrase online and irl this last year and a half.

8 months ago

I love this…thank you!!