I came into this world with an allergy to The Man. My mom says I was born happy and content - I did not cry at the moment of my birth. When the doctor dangled me upside down in front of him I slapped him before he could slap me.
Eventually it was time to leave the freedom of home life and enter kindergarten. I had a major reaction to the regimented schedule and authority figure, although in this case the man was a woman. I lasted less than a week before I started a sit-in on the front step of my house, refusing to go back.
Having a highly sympathetic mother, I successfully escaped what was supposed to be my introduction into The System. It turns out I was allergic to that, too.
I endured grades one through twelve, but not without being a quiet rebel. Graduating was one of the best days of my life… until I discovered that The Man's deleterious influence is everywhere. I wanted to change that.
As a teacher I acted as an agent of the state. I had become The Man, even though I thought myself to be a kinder, gentler version. But I was still working in a system designed to churn out compliant workers and consumers.
My allergy symptoms sprang up again, causing me to side more with my students than the superintendent and school board. I had to escape again.
After 10 years I gave up my tenured position to reduce my allergy symptoms, because freedom really is the best treatment for the negative effects of The Man or The System.
10 Proven Antihistamines To Treat An Allergy To The Man
- Grow a vegetable garden.
- Buy only what you need.
- Think for yourself and maintain your integrity.
- Stay home.
- Express your creativity.
- Talk to your neighbours.
- Go off grid.
- Be a contrarian.
- Watch out for the underdog.