Can't I just enjoy my life

You can't be what you want to be, you have to be what you need to be.

You can't be what you want to be, you have to be what you need to be.

This is particularly relevant to minorities and people who have been historically suppressed.

No, you can't 'just' enjoy your life. You have to fulfill your obligation to people around you, your family, community, and your people.

This is a time of multiple global crises: climate crisis, migrant crisis, inequality, bully worship, breakdown of families and communities, stagflation, un-affordable housing, declining quality of life, over-population, general sense of insecurity, non-existent pensions, etc.

If you are privileged, you have institutions working globally on your behalf to exploit people, extract resources, and trash the planet, while keeping you conveniently unaware of it. There is an effective and well-funded Propaganda-Industrial-Complex working to keep you distracted, misinformed, dis-informed, not-informed, divided, insular, selfish, and engaged in trivial pursuits. You will almost certainly continue to just enjoy your life, willfully ignorant of the global crisis caused by your privilege, and happy to just talk about it. No action can be expected of you, except to question those who question your lifestyle.

You have a duty towards people who can not speak or act. You are their hope. You have to find a way to help them, because it is a way out of your dilemmas as well.

"Commit yourself to the noble struggle for human rights. You will make a greater person of yourself, a greater nation of your country and a finer world to live in": Dr. Martin Luther King.

As Dr. Jordan Peterson says: "What are you leaving out if you are leaving out responsibility? You are leaving out the meaning of life".

If you are a minority in a democratic country, you can't just get a job and enjoy your life surrounding yourself with consumer-grade products, consumer-grade experiences, and consumer-grade entertainment. You have duties, purpose, and obligation. It falls on you, the exploited minority to offer solutions to global problems. "Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better": Dr. Martin Luther King.

"You know you have only one life. You know it is a precious, extraordinary, unrepeatable thing: the product of billions of years of serendipity and evolution. So why waste it by handing it over to the living dead?": George Monbiot.

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