So yeah, I needed some teaching.
And who better to teach me than a punk anarchist, my friend Jeremy, the inspiration for my book Jeremiah Quick.
There are some autobiographical bits buried in there, I do admit, although the story itself is by no means autobiographical.
Jeremy was somewhat astounded that a person could be seventeen years old and just simply accept everything she was told without thought, question, or investigation. Sometimes I'm a little astounded, too, and infinitely grateful that he challenged so many of my "beliefs" - that he taught me to follow the chain of 'who benefits?' as far as thought process analysis. This has become all the links in my chain of thinking, really - from news stories to well, almost everything.
Why do I have to see my doctor every three months? Oh, because I have a diagnosis of "diabetes" and the insurance company will PAY for me to see her every three months.
The thing is, in a capitalist society, you can trace almost every cui bono back to dollars. Think it through.
Watch the news. Listen for what they're (the media, the government, those in power) not telling you. And ask yourself... who benefits?
What you figure out when you use your brain, or do your own research, might surprise you. Trust yourself, because the truth is, you're probably pretty damn smart. At least smart enough to figure out who benefits.
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, darklings. And if you haven't done so already, don't forget to check out my latest release, DeVante's Children, available for kindle at Amazon and in all ebook formats at Smashwords. Hopefully all formats are pretty and typo-free at this point! And reviews - I would adore you to the end of eternity if you'd leave reviews at Amazon, Smashwords, or Goodreads.