(email series: 24.01.2021)
When we think about freedom, or lack thereof, our mind immediately unfolds images of African slavery, or Nazis commanding Jews in concentration camps.
And while this is indeed the nadir of human decency, showing how low the human race can go, the truth of the matter is that the concept of freedom is actually way broader, and way more nebulous than we usually think of.
For instance, consider your own life. I don’t know you, but my guess is that you are much more dependent than you think. That you are probably dependent on your job employer to pay your bills, on your bank who decides when – and if – it will lend you money and, of course, on the government of the country you find yourself in.
To put it simply, we must abide by a set of rules that someone else sets for us. And while these rules are necessary for us to live in society, and to avoid that our whole civilization collapses, they end up controlling and setting the tone of our lives, without us even realizing it.
Globalization, especially through the spread of the internet and social media, has brought us advantages that no one could ever imagine 50 years ago. Not even 30 years ago.
We are closer to one another and we are able to communicate faster than ever before. But while this convenience brings tremendous benefits to our lives, it also has a huge downside attached to it.
And that is to have you wrapped around their fingers. You may think you are free and you can say what the hell you want. True…as long as your opinions match the ones of who is in charge. Otherwise, you might be in trouble.
And before you think I am some kind of conspiracist, let me just tell you that last Tuesday Twitter decided to suspend my account out of the blue (fortunately I was able to recover it already), simply because I posted something “I shouldn’t”.
You may think this only affects others, for instance guys like me who are very active online and post content daily. Until one day you open Facebook and you realize you were shut down, just because you gave the wrong political opinion.
And no, this does not apply only to social media, but to your entire life. Perhaps you sell stuff on Amazon, until one day they decide to ban your product for no apparent reason. Or perhaps you wake up with an email from your boss informing you that your services are no longer required.
Look, I don’t care what your ideology is, whether you like Trump or Biden, or whether you think Pepsi is better than Coke. But one thing I can tell you: until you find a way to be completely platform-, state-, and employer-independent, you will always be a slave.
A powerless soul controlled by the central power, a puppet on the hands of governments and large corporations.
That’s why, if you really want to be in charge of your life, you NEED to start making money on your own NOW, preferably from different sources.
Build a business, start a blog, offer video editing or website creation services, trade crypto, whatever, just make sure you add some extra cash to your pockets.
Because one day you may wake up, and realize that everything you have done and build up to that point is gone.