We all start out in life as square pegs, built from the blueprint of our DNA, honed from a million years of evolution. The process of squeezing our little squares through the round hole of modern society begins almost immediately. Some of us adapt, for despite it all humans are incredibly resilient. Some of us don’t, and suffer without ever really understanding why.
The “why” is complex but can be distilled into its essence, which is the fact that we live in a rapidly changing world that is an enigma to the genetics of our slowly evolving species. We’re like fish out of water, and which the fish were the ones who drained the pond.
The “how” is that the machinations by which this society has developed surreptitiously subsumes us into its interweaving matrices of production and consumption. Forced or not, we are ultimately driven to conform to the mechanisms which sustain the industrial system. We work too much, sleep to little, worry and stress, and fail to nourish our bodies.
The solution? Refuse to let ourselves be irreparably warped and reshaped by the societies we inadvertently created, and instead reconnect ourselves to the world on which we were born, still out there beyond the concrete and plastic. We use to run free through the wild places, before nations and borders existed, or food was made in laboratories and wheels replaced feet, before money was everything and nature became nothing.
Don’t be afraid to go against the mold.