Friday, October 17, 2008

Fall days and new writing

Today, I wrote a little non-fiction opinion piece and submitted it to deviantART (my page can be found here: It was written in about 5 minutes, and not really polished much, but here it is.

Boxed In

So many people have their minds in a box.

Shut in and constricted by Ideas so ingrained that many people hardly notice that they're there. And any sign or mention of something that does not mesh with those ingrained Ideas, Ideas given by civilization, by a society that believes the experts know best and that Professionals and institutions will always do things better, is met by instant suspicion, distrust, and yes, even fear. Anything that questions the Ideas of society is dangerous, since it could bring down your entire worldview, it can make it so you just cannot live in the world the way it is without changing your life drastically. So things remain stagnant, remain controlled by those in power, by large corporations and governments, by police and laws and bosses. But most of all, by Ideas. For, without those crucial Ideas, things WOULD change. They have to. People tend to look at the world with despair. To look and think there's nothing they can do to change it, that they should just get on with their lives the best they can. But that's only looking at things within society's box. If you realize that all these Ideas, so much a part of you that they feel like part of your soul, are simply that, Ideas, and if people can see that they're wrong, society as we know it cannot survive. Without those pillars supporting the system, it would crumble. The world would be a freer place. So what do I ask? I ask of everyone I know, my family, friends, acquaintances, and most importantly, myself, to question. Question EVERYTHING. That politician talking big on TV, that jet fighter you see flying overhead, the garish Christmas decorations that clutter the malls... Try and think of what's behind it, think of WHY things are the way they are. Read, read and read some more. Read revolutionary and radical books, read banned books, read books that question the foundations of our perceived world. But also read books or watch media supporting, often unconsciously, our current system. Try and actually think about what they're saying. Does it make sense? Is it outright lies? Is it just parroted, rote knowledge, something so commonly known to be correct it's simply accepted as fact, when the basis of that is as corrupt as our entire civilization? Just think about it...

Some amazing books I'd suggest starting with are anything by John Taylor Gatto, Grace Llewellyn, or John Holt. These educational revolutionaries will make you re-think everything you ever thought you knew about schooling and education, because really, where else does the constriction of creativity, of free thought and revolutionary ideas, begin if not in the government controlled school system?

Another amazing author who writes about our civilization in general and all that's wrong with it is Derrick Jensen. I've loved everything I've read by him! With passion, conviction, and well thought out arguments, he's really made a difference in how I view the world.

If only all the world could see, because once you can see things for what they really are, there is no going back.

In other news, a few days ago was an absolutely gorgoeusly beautiful Autumn day! Actually, there have been a lot of really nice Fall days... That day though, I took pictures! Not earlier in the day, sadly, when I was out with Emy and Nick. We ran around in the wind, leaves blowing, laughing and chasing each other and jumping on crunchy looking leaves. :-) Then we went into the woods, and sat around in this pretty little clearing... At one point, it had been cloudy, but then a ray of sunshine came through the trees and illuminated Nick's face perfectly. I was so kicking myself for forgetting my camera! Howevwer, later on I did take some pictures, although it was just me and my mom at our house at that point... Anyway, here are a few.

Of autumn joy
and tangled wind
frenzied dancing
leaves unhinged
race the air
and never win
love the truth
of all that's been
flying in spirit
exulting in wind

Peace, love, and much happiness,


  1. you are very pretty, to similar a the to write; maybe this is the magic that people need for write, a little of magic. kisses.

  2. You might enjoy this 3-part video of Derrick Jensen:

  3. Thank you! I love Derrick Jensen, and from the videos I've seen so far, he is an amazing public speaker as well as author! :-)

  4. Hi Idzie. I'm so glad you commented on my blog so I got to find yours! I'm loving your writing so far. And I've never read anything by Derrick Jensen, so I'm already gleaning some inspiration here.
    Also, The Book Thief was my absolute favorite book I read last year. I've recommended it to so many people!

  5. Thank you :-)
    I love reading other unschooling blogs, and you write just beautifully!
    Derrick Jensen completely changed how I view the world and our civilization as a whole. He is a brilliant author. That said, his books can also be heartbreaking... *Grins* The Book Thief is amazing. I've tried to convince virtually everyone I know to read it!