Permission-based Life

Writes T. K. Coleman:

The permission-based life is not worth living. You are who you are. Whether anyone approves of that fact or not, the nature of your true self remains unchanged. If no one gives you permission to be the you that you know yourself to be, what then? Do you wait around for them to change their minds or do you set yourself free by choosing to live in accordance with the convictions and core values that actually belong to you?

James Baldwin wrote: “You have to go the way your blood beats. If you don’t live the only life you have, you won’t live some other life, you won’t live any life at all.”

Agreed. And if you agree, you might be an anarchist.


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Founder and editor of and, Skyler is a husband and unschooling father of three beautiful children. His writings include the column series “One Voluntaryist’s Perspective” and “One Improved Unit,” and blog series “Two Cents“. Skyler also wrote the books No Hitting! and Toward a Free Society, and edited the books Everything Voluntary and Unschooling Dads. You can hear Skyler chatting away on his podcasts, Everything Voluntary and Thinking & Doing.