Warning: This post just might set a few of you off. I always find it scary putting up controversial posts….but life’s about living on the edge, right? I hope y’all see where I’m coming from on this one.
Anarchy…What a way to start a Make it Happen Monday post, huh? What the heck does that word mean anyway? If you don’t know the official dictionary definition for it, I’m sure it conjures up a not so positive picture, right? Well, I just happen to have my man Webster’s official definition right here:
Etymology: Medieval Latin anarchia, from Greek, from anarchos having no ruler
1 a : absence of government b : a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority c : a utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government 2 a : absence or denial of any authority or established order b : absence of order :
I also happen to have a great definition from my cycling pal, Clive Chapman:
“Anarchist” in the true sense of the word actually means living without rules because you’re “good” enough not to need them. The term “anarchist” as we think of it today kind of got taken over in England in the 19th Century by pseudo revolutionaries who were intent on changing the system by violence. A little known piece of my countries’ history, actually. – Clive Chapman
You know what? I don’t think it’s such a bad word after all. In fact that part where it says “living without rules because you’re ‘good’ enough not to need them” is pretty cool I must say. Instead of a negative image, Anarchy can actually be thought of as a word to create a calming, free, and positive picture. It’s the kind of situation where people are free to think and do things without the threat of “dream killers” sabotaging their positive efforts. As with that famous glass half empty or half full analogy, Anarchy can also vary depending on how you look at it…but I would be bold enough to say that a life of “Constructive Anarchy” is a beautiful life to live. I would explain this as a positive and beneficial deviation from the “rules” of society.
Some of you might be thinking to yourself…”Has Darryl freaking lost it, or what?” But if you just ponder this concept for a moment, you might be with me on this one. We’re cyclists, right? Held between a common passion for the bike and love for all things related to it…..free spirits in our own right. If you’re anything like me, you’re a freethinking, positive minded person, with the intent of creating inspiration, healthy living, and a radiant lifestyle. On and off the bike.
Here’s to living in your own Constructive Anarchist world, and not merely following along with the North American rat race.