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Thread: Being your own person.

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    Being your own person.

    Something I am curious about. Not really a political thing.

    I was speaking to a friend last night and let him know that my parents are quite well off. He replies with "you realize that you could live a much better lifestyle, right?"

    I replied "I could, I have access to the resources, but I want to do it on my own"

    He basically thought I was being insane, but for me its a matter of principal (side note, this guy is much more financially successful than I am). I want to be my own person, so when I am old, I can look at my life with satisfaction knowing I was my own person. Is this insane to you?
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Makes you sound like a conservative.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Sounds more like it proves that liberals don't ask for handouts. Good for you, megaprog.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Makes you sound like a conservative.
    I live my personal life in a very conservative manner actually. But I don't believe that the things that work for individuals work always well for large groups, which is one of the major reasons I trend liberal politically. Individuals and groups are subject to different sets of dynamics.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I live my personal life in a very conservative manner actually. But I don't believe that the things that work for individuals work always well for large groups, which is one of the major reasons I trend liberal politically. Individuals and groups are subject to different sets of dynamics.
    huh? personal responsibility and pulling your own wieght don't work for large groups?
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    huh? personal responsibility and pulling your own wieght don't work for large groups?
    There are many ways to do that when dealing with groups. If the group as a whole is successful, then it has achieved those things you are asking about.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by OscarB63 View Post
    huh? personal responsibility and pulling your own wieght don't work for large groups?
    That is NOT what he said. He said that what works for him or others may not work for everyone. I can identify with the posts from some here. Months ago I related how I got through college and some responded that I lived a rather conservative life despite so called progressive political views. I guess that stereotyping has its limitations in the real world with real people with real differences living really different lives.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    I live my personal life in a very conservative manner actually. But I don't believe that the things that work for individuals work always well for large groups, which is one of the major reasons I trend liberal politically. Individuals and groups are subject to different sets of dynamics.


    Wouldn't it make sense then to push others to live up to this ideal instead of creating nanny state programs for those who don't follow your personal ideals.
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    Re: Being your own person.

    Quote Originally Posted by ReverendHellh0und View Post
    Wouldn't it make sense then to push others to live up to this ideal instead of creating nanny state programs for those who don't follow your personal ideals.
    I believe that the group as a whole needs to make the decision on how to proceed over an issue (assuming that the group is cohesive enough that people just don't go off and do their own thing) and there will always be disagreement over it. Thats the nature of groups.

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    Re: Being your own person.

    It's not insane to want to make your own life. I've been doing it for decades myself. Some people have more than me, and that's fine. I also know that it's not possessions that 'make' a person who they are. Some people have a hard time grasping that.
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