Arrogate: (v) to take or claim (something) without justification.
- I don’t join a club because I don’t like to club people.
- I’ve never added my membership to a party because I hate to get drunk on my own opinion.
- And I’m not an adherent to any specific religion because I’m obnoxious when I’m religious.
For you see, it’s like I started off my life with a huge suitcase full of beliefs, ideas, prejudices, quirks and preferences. I kissed my family goodbye and showed up at the railway station to go off to the College of Humanity with this burdensome baggage, proudly hauling it along to demonstrate my faithfulness to the causes enclosed.
After a few miles, I grew weary of the task, so I opened it up and discovered there were many things that were either too small for me, useless to my present condition, or somewhat unidentifiable.
Seeing a trash can nearby, I availed myself of its open-mindedness and dumped this unnecessary carry-on.
I walked a little further, got a little older, and my muscles began to complain about their mission of toting. So I opened it one more time, and lo and behold, things that once seemed sacred were now outdated and meaningless.
A new dumping.
So I tread on into my middle years, still faithful to display the luggage originally provided. Then one day I decided to open up the container and I discovered that everything that had been packed in there for me was gone, and all that remained was an empty valise.
I took a risk.
I cast it aside.
This accomplished, I realized there were only three things I held dear:
- I am responsible for my own life so I should stop being a jerk.
- People are not going to treat me any better than I treat them.
- Having more than I need makes me worry instead of prosper.
Today I try very hard to keep from accumulating trinkets which are thrust upon me by those who feel uncomfortable with me being unencumbered.
I am polite … but I scurry away from their insistence.
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