When other people dictate how you live your life

Guess what is a person who lives a life dictated by others (who considered themselves born superiors) used to be called in the old times. I see you have arrived at the word. Now take a look at your world around. Insurance agents are dictating how your home is maintained, the police dictates where you can park your car, whether the dog can take a walk on the beach, even your boss can decide whether or not you are allowed to smoke and fire you if you refuse to give up the habit. The rapid coverage of media ensures that any accident goes viral as soon as possible.

Lets take a breath and think for a minute. Are you truly living a free life? Some people might argue that the banned things are banned for a reason and we should respect the law etc. I am not arguing in the favor of breaking the laws, neither am I advocating a dangerous lifestyle. What I am arguing is, for the right to make the decisions, that I find favorable. Do I get to make them?

Let’s see. If I start to read a website, I get targeted ads trying to sell me products that their advertisers think, I may like (What I would like, is for them to leave me alone and stop bombarding my computer with dubious quality products). If I open up TV, I get to watch 10 minutes of advertisements for every half an hour show (which cannot be skipped even if you record the show – new rule). Funny right.

Then the biggest pet peeve of all. The advertising people make most of the ads so obviously biased and manipulative, that a preteen can see that they are being emotionally manipulated. Fashion world touting its anorexic airbrushed models has led us to a world, where every second person is starving/ dieting himself /herself to fit into that dream dress/ get into that college jeans. The big brands have led us to believe that buying over the top priced stuff will make you happy, more confident. Banks have led you to believe that getting into debt is sure way to your own apartment, car and 25 inch plasma screen. Movies and print media has led you to believe that getting a certain deodorant will get you women. REALLY? A new make of a car is supposed to get women! You get the drift.

So, the big question is. Are you living your life on your terms? Are you really being dictated to in every aspect of your life by big bosses sitting in high rises and getting a laugh at your ignorance.

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15 thoughts on “When other people dictate how you live your life

  1. djdfr October 15, 2012 at 6:30 PM

    It’s a job to free ourselves from cultural dictates, just to name one area.
    In the absolute sense, freedom is one of the divine gifts that makes us human. On the practical side, we need our conscience awakened in order to properly use it.

    • Sasha Hunter October 16, 2012 at 1:13 PM

      Indeed! Any fool can have freedom. Only the intelligent know what to do with it.-SH

  2. Julie Losch October 16, 2012 at 1:25 AM

    So true…people nowadays trust in the media too entirely and without as much reserve… they make us think “getting more stuff” is the only reason we are here, but I find so much contentment when I am actually able to get rid of said stuff!

    • Sasha Hunter October 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Unfortunately, I hate getting rid of stuff. I do however give away things to people I like.

  3. w2p2stories October 16, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Brilliant! So much truth here…

    • Sasha Hunter October 16, 2012 at 1:06 PM

      Thank you for your thoughtful words.

  4. kabir October 16, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    The thing I’ve come to believe is – he who can dominate will; he who cannot, won’t. So at the end of the day, it all boils down to you – to us. About how much we’re willing to stick our necks out for ourselves. Are we willing to say no easily? Are we willing to go against the advertising zombies? Are we willing to be misfits? I say misfits because I also understand that it’s terribly difficult to change the world, perhaps impossible. And so, we’re left with but one option – to stay the way we are.

    Now I think I’ve rambled on a tad much. So I’ll quickly skip out.

    Peace.
    Kabir

    • Sasha Hunter October 16, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      I understand perfectly.

      • kabir October 16, 2012 at 1:07 PM

        🙂

  5. Moonjean October 16, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Who is John Galt? “You are special” Thank you

  6. Lynelle October 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM

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  7. mcpeden October 20, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Excellent article!

  8. Learning2Hear October 22, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    The content of ads is also a big pet peeve for me, and so many of them just outright insult our intelligence. I try to not use brands that are biased or manipulative, or that are just too stupid for words. I will pay more for another brand just to keep from paying them for insulting me. I always mute TV commercials, which are much louder than the program (another pet peeve), and have my popup blocker settings on high on my computer. I did not know that commercials cannot be skipped now, is that with a DVR? I still use the old fashioned method of recording – VCR/VHS – at least until the tapes are no longer available. They’re getting harder to find, but at least you can fast forward through commercials. You made some great points in your post, and as to your question: “Are you living your life on your terms? Are you really being dictated to in every aspect of your life by big bosses sitting in high rises and getting a laugh at your ignorance.” I am trying to avoid being dictated to in every area where I have a choice; and one way to do that is to choose where, or with what companies, I choose to spend my money.

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