Sure it’s empowering to act on emotion and rage against the machine, but as you get older, you’ll learn that an idealistic outlook is unsustainable when put into practice. The far more logical approach is to find a middle ground from which to work with the machine.
As John Adams said, “If you are not raging against the machine at 25, you have no heart. If you are not compromising with the machine at 35, you have no brain.”
Take landlords for instance. Go ahead, take them! I kid, I kid. But seriously folks, you may hate your landlord for charging so much but remember that they’re the one who owns the house so it’s on them when something goes wrong. If the heat goes out in January, count your lucky stars that all you have to do is text your landlord, wait until April when they finally fix it, and boom! Problem solved.
Okay, let’s talk cops. We all know they suck when you’re young and they confiscate your weed and skateboards or whatever. But the trick is to work with them. For instance, skateboarding and smoking weed looked like fun so when those kids wouldn’t let me play with them I’d call the cops. Be the change you wish to see in the world.
As adults, the cops are here for our protection, I heard. Even if you disagree with the criminal system itself, don’t fight against it. Work with it to create change from within! I mean, I’m not gonna be a cop. That’s peasant work. But you should!
The list goes on, but I think you get it. Essentially, raging against the machine will generally make things worse in the long term because the machine always wins so it’s pointless to try. Instead, we compromise our side while they continue to be awful but nothing really changes anyway so it all works out!
Oh, and I have rich parents but don’t worry I don’t let that cloud my logic.