The Grid

So, another day, another story, huh? Or it is the same story as yesterday? As it were the same moves on a grid, as an endless cycle on a chess board where two different pieces move forward and backwards, without really changing the game. Now you may say life is not a game, life is not about winning or losing. Yes, it is not about winning, but it is about moving, as William Whiting once wrote (inspired by Albert Einstein and others):

In case of doubt — Go on.
No matter what happens — Go on.
Life is like riding a bicycle: we can keep from falling if we keep moving.
Only a few trick-riders can stand still, and not tumble.

But you should not only move, but move with a finale, changing the board, messing around. Learning and conquering, fighting for whatever makes you go out of the bed in the morning. Seems easy enough no? Well, maybe not so easy as it seems. Why? Let me start from the beginning.

So you’re born in some house in a little village in the middle of somewhere. Or in one of the biggest and crowded cities in the world. It doesn't matter anyway, you are here now. With some (and enormously great) luck, you were born in one of the countries that give us the perception of freedom of choice. Either way, you’re influenced since you’re a little kid. You are, most of the times, not advised to do this or that, but obligated to do one thing, in the majority of cases without even knowing all the possible moves on the board. Some will say that there are things that you can’t understand so young, and that’s reasonable. But why we can just postpone those decisions to the day that we don’t need anymore anyone to decide for us?

Let’s move on, you have grown as an adult, studying or working, not only depending on what you want but what your family can give to you. Money can be a great obstacle to go through, and sometimes you simply can’t. But let’s not forget the main obstacle to your personal freedom, the society itself. We built up the world that doesn't care anymore about you than a piece of a grid, a number on a screen, a nickname in a social network. We are becoming every day less us and more of a fantoche of the big corporations and governments. Control is an illusion, illusion in which we believe everyday and we want to believe. You wake with the belief that you control your moves, your day, but you aren't capable of it. Every single decision you take is influenced, watched and controlled. There isn't such a thing freedom of legal moves, but a set of predefined options to give you the illusion of choice, the illusion of freedom, the illusion that you’re in control. Like a chess game, there is always somebody playing it, the pieces don’t move by itself.

For those you that spent your lifetime putting fences around you, maybe it is time to cut some of them.

Maybe key to live free is to live out of the grid. Or to change the grid. Break the endless cycle of living by the rules that others put above you. Life is not about a status, and you don’t need to tell everyone What’s on your mind? Let the fear of being alone get through you and stand by your beliefs and reasons. Break the grid. Upgrade yourself. As Frank Herbert puts it:

I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain.
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