They want you to obey. They want you to be a sheep like they are sheep. Obedient, unquestioning piece of machinery. Sit when told to sit, stand when told to stand. They want you to give up your humanity, your autonomy for a paycheck, gold star, bigger TV. The only way to be human, the only way to be free, is to rebel. They’ll try to crush you. They’ll use every tactic they have to make you obedient, docile, subservient, but you can’t let them. You have to be your own master, whatever that takes. Better to die a human being than to live as a purposeless cog in their machine.
You know, the irony is, they’re gonna show this cabin as evidence that I’m crazy. But if everyone was content to live simply like this, we’d have no more war, no poverty, no pollution.[to Jim]
You fight this, they’ll call you crazy. Or you plead guilty and go away forever, and your ideas will live on.[to Ted]
Many tame and conformist types seem to have a powerful need to depict the enemy of society as sick so as to delegitimize their valid complaints against society.
It takes incredible strength and courage to be different from everybody else, but it’s a good thing.