Only if you take your pride too far and "need" assistance from family, but do not bother asking.
I feel the same way, myself...but, that is mostly because of being taught that I was not a normal person nor could ever be. It's a common creed in America-to be one's own man. It's a virtuous lifestyle if done intelligently.
"No religion is true, but some religion, any religion, is politically necessary. Law and morality are insufficient for the large majority of men. Obedience to the law and to the morals are insufficient for making men happy. […]Law and morality are therefore in need of being supplemented by divine rewards and punishments."
"Being your own person" doesn't mean not accepting anything from anyone. I think you're artificially limiting yourself here. The entire point is to get your life off the ground so that you can independently sustain yourself. If your parents are willing to finance your journey to reach that point then there is nothing wrong with that, and you can always pay them back later.
"I do not claim that every incident in the history of empire can be explained in directly economic terms. Economic interests are filtered through a political process, policies are implemented by a complex state apparatus, and the whole system generates its own momentum."
I think it's interesting though... having lived in Europe, on the edge of the former USSR, and seeing the government force everybody to just have the basics (if lucky), then seeing an American guy invent something as stupid and pointless as the "pet rock" become a millionaire. I just find it ironic sometimes... that capitalism doesn't work necessarily on people being economically rational, and they are free to do so and spend their money unreasonably. But under Communism the government tried to force people to be economically rational in some sense.
A free ride's always fun but sometimes it really doesn't take you where you need to go.
A screaming comes across the sky.
It has happened before, but there is nothing to compare it to now.Pynchon - Gravity's Rainbow