Whether you chose to believe it or not, you are a slave. Enslaved by the norms of The World System. I am reminded of the 1996 movie Trainspotting, staring Ewan McGregor. The movie follows the life of Renton, played by Ewan McGregor, a heroin addict who lives his life numbing the pain of reality. The move is of Renton’s quest for understanding of life. In the beginning of the movie he narrates the following:
“Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family, Choose a fucking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home…Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pishing you last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourself. Choose your future. Choose life.
But who would I want to do a thing like that?
I chose not to choose life: I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who need reasons when you’ve got heroin? ”
The amazing thing about what this, is Renton has clearly identified that he doesn’t like what the world is all about. In the world system we are told that we must, go to college, go to work, have a car, have a lot of nice stuff, have a mortgage payment; however do we really want that stuff? It boils down to a simple question of are you content with the life pattern the world has for you, or do you want something’s else.<.p>
Renton chose something else. He chose not to let the word decide his life. Renton chose not to choose life, because he didn’t like the idea of life that was presented before him. I don’t think Renton is alone in feeling this way. The vast majority of college student’s have a desire to “Fight The System” and not be silent. This is a beautiful thing. The ability to challenge everything and be not blindly falling into norms is one of the most important skills someone can learn.
Please understand I am in no way advocating the use of heroin. Rather I would like to draw your attention to the sad fact that the way people in the world rebel is through violence, hate, and drugs. However this is doomed to fail. The ending of the movie is as follows.
“I’m cleaning up and I’m moving on, going straight and choosing life. I’m looking forward to it already. I’m going to be just like you: the job, the family, the fucking big television, the washing machine, the car, the compact disc and electrical tin opener, good health, low cholesterol, dental insurance, mortgage, starter home, leisurewear, luggage, three-piece suite, DIY, game shows, junk food, children, walks in the park, nine to five, good at golf, washing the car, choice of sweaters, family Christmas, indexed pension, tax exemption, clearing the gutters, getting by, looking ahead, to the day you die.”
By the end of the movie our rebellious heroin addict has been reduced to yet another mindless drown of society. Just trying to fit in with the flow of the world system. This is an all too common occurrence. Why does it happen like this? This happens because the world system is able to convince us that it is easier and safer this way.
I for one choose not to let this happen to me. I choose to not let the world system beat me until I conform to what it wants me to be. I do not choose heroin, I do not choose conformity rather I choose to fight back.