Break Free In 2017 – A Manifesto

Fearful people are easy to control. It’s in the interest of those who are trying to influence you, for whatever reason, to keep you in a state of fear.

There’s a meme of negativity in the world right now. It’s a case of divide and rule all over again. The East India Company did it by dividing us on the basis of caste and religion but it seems the current crop of young people doesn’t care that much about communal and racial differences. People prefer interacting with people on the basis of similar interests and socio-economic background, with other distinctions not featuring much on the radar.

So this time, the people who would like to wield their influence are doing it on the basis of political affiliation & gender. By dividing people on the basis of political beliefs, they’re making sure that people don’t come together.

The whole neo-liberal, YouTube feminist, SJW insanity is a bunch of people so dumb with stress, that they’re acting out from a state of extreme fear and emotions rather than well thought out reasoning. And while people like these are just the minority (the argument could be made they’re not), they get proportionally too much screen time

Stress makes us stupid. Turns us into sheep. Makes us have strong fear-based opinions on what is the right direction for others to take to make us feel safe. Makes us impose our values and beliefs on others, while at the same time denying them their right to have their own. Stress makes us blind to our own hypocrisy. Makes us complain that we’re not meeting the right people on Tinder, completely forgetting the fact that it’s not other people’s problem that you don’t have your shit together.

There’s a TED talk by Steven Pinker that makes the argument that we’re living in the safest time in known history of the human race. Why then are people so fearful of the future? Why do they overestimate the effect changes in power, regime and heads of state will have in their day to day life?

How do we escape this mental prison that has been thrust upon us even without us knowing of its existence?

How do you give a big fuck you to the insecure folks who’re trying to control what you eat, who you fuck, what you think, and what you put into your body?

By getting off this wheel of fear. Skip news media, incessant noise and constant attacks on your attention. Turn off your app notifications. Control who and what you give your attention to. It’s the thing that’ll starve them like nothing else. Don’t give them your money. Don’t give their YouTube videos your views. Starve them of the clicks that are their digital lifeblood. Use social media, don’t let it use you.

The process is begun. More and more people are waking up to this game being played around them. They’re disconnecting, tuning out and turning away.

And it’ll get worse this year. The battle for your attention is underway. Expect a renewed attack on your senses. The news will become more and more sensationalist. Not just popular media, but even the social media space will be rent with wailing, scared, hyperactive, loud voices insisting that you engage with them. When you don’t, they’ll try to get you to react. The clickbait will get worse as analysts collect data on what headline gets the strongest reaction.

The triggers will get ever more outrageous. Expect them to. You can tell you’re being triggered by the anger rising inside you as you read a comment or article. Refuse to engage.

The whatsapp forwards will get dumber. Cat videos will come at you faster and quicker. Learn to dodge them. Memes will try to drag you into the tar-pits of time kill.

Create space, both mental and physical, between you and what’s important to YOU, and the stressed out, fearful, negative population. The new filthy, unwashed masses, if you will.

Develop laser-like focus on the things YOU want to do. Make sure your goals and achievements are coming from deep inside your core, not generated by peer-pressure and societal expectations. Be brutally honest with yourself. Don’t feed off your own bullshit. You can do better than that.

Get healthy and strong. Fix your stress and clear your mind. See if maybe you can thrive, instead of just survive.

Get off this wheel of fear, and it’ll be your best year ever.

Happy 2017!

10 Things I Learnt Living Away From Civilisation For A Month

Dehradun Woods Panorama

A Panorama of the forest

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Beam me up, Scotty!

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Nature Divine

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Coniferous Dreams

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Beautiful clouds

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Electricity Pole & Sunset

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Sun & Shadow

Haridwar Railway Station

And at the adventure’s end

If you can’t live in solitude, you don’t feel comfortable in your own skin. Make this a priority.

It’s fun to cut nails with a pair of scissors.

Boy, can those scissors hurt.

You can just bite your nails off. Nail cutters are optional.

Cities are overrated.

You can be in a peaceful place, but not have peace in yourself.

Humans evolved to live in silence, and among nature.

Stress is easier to release away from noise.

I have the greatest 24 hour entertainment system right in my backyard, The woods!

Try rising and sleeping with the Sun, and see your creativity, productivity and happiness soar.

Wild animals deserve respect and caution, even the little ones. Especially the little ones. (this you’ll understand when you get the shit scared of you by a tiny little monkey.)

You can easily live without electricity, without much inconvenience, except entertainment.

Having Internet is essential.

The reason so many people like me born in an urban environment are stuck there, is because we were born in virtual slavery. To the industrial food chain, and the big corporations. This dependence disappears if you grow your own food. As soon as you have your own backyard garden supporting you most of the year round, all your fears about money will disappear.

Organic, naturally grown food tastes soooo much better.

You can have your own “food forest” supporting you all year round, with ZERO maintenance, weeding, pest control, digging or gardening, except for the initial burst of effort. Look up permacuture.

The colder the climate, the cuter the girls get. I don’t know how that works. Maybe cold thermogenesis. Does not apply to completely urbanised places, because of the shit “food”. Tl;dr : Guys and girls, if you want to look hot, eat good food.

Look up the no soap and the “no poo method”.  Look up the history of daily soap and shampoo use. This only applies to cooler climates, not hot and humid ones.

If you stop using soap and start just washing with water, you stink waaay less. Previous disclaimer applies.

Guys, stop carrying your cell phone in your pants pocket.

You can easily live without a cell phone and a daily fix of social media.

Weed is available everywhere, in every region of the world. And people everywhere love it. They have an affinity for it. Maybe having to do with it’s role in human evolution *conjecture alert* (along with Seafood) as being the impetus for increase in human brain size.

On a few days, the hardest decision I had to make was choosing between sleeping and meditating.

When you have to, you learn to fix and make stuff yourself very quickly.

Local villagers and small town people have a collective folk wisdom that is *very* useful. Learn as much as you can from them.

Some of my best creative work came when I was completely isolated.

Okay, if you made it this far, you realise this is much more than 10 things.

If there’s anything you’d like to add to the list, leave a comment below. 🙂

Love,
Yash Chheda