Extracted from the pre-released book Finding Freedom in an Age of Confusion by John G. Vibes.

For far too long people who have cared about freedom and imagined a better world for our species have felt alone in their interests, and have been forced onto the fringes of society. Things are a lot different now though, as the philosophy of freedom and non-aggression is beginning to seep into the mainstream culture. There was probably always a good portion of society who rejected authority in their hearts, but because of how big the world was in previous generations the odds of these people crossing paths were very slim. Today the world is much smaller and there is now a wealth of information like nothing seen in history, available to more people than ever. Now free thinkers crossing paths with one another is a daily occurrence, which is helping to push along the philosophical renaissance that I predicted in my hardback Alchemy of the Modern Renaissance.

There is still a lot of work to be done though, because we are fighting an uphill battle where our opponent was given a head start. The vast majority of people alive today were molded by the state in public schools and entertained by propaganda in their free time so there is still that to contend with.

Despite all of this effort the human spirit is so resistant to the irrational and unnatural concept of authority that even after 12 years of indoctrination and constant manipulation people are still able to figure out that they are being taken advantage of.

Even with this growing awakening, talking about freedom and improving society is still a taboo subject because people mistake philosophical discourse with the childish game of politics that creates armies of dogmatic followers who care more about slandering the other side than actually solving problems. This creates a situation where no one feels comfortable about sharing their opinions in public so no one really knows just how many rebels are out there. In reality, there are a lot more rebels out there than most people think but they go mostly unnoticed because they try their best to fit in to avoid ridicule.

This is why it is important for those of us who are out there to start making as much noise as possible so we can let the other rebels know they are not alone and encourage them to come out of hiding. Deep down we are all rebels, and the more people who step forward to admit it, the closer we will be to achieving freedom. We are all born rebels, that is our natural state, it is only after a lifetime of being beaten down by down by an insane culture that we come to embrace insanity for the sake of convenience. For the most part, everyone out there is just pretending to go along with the status quo, and even those who whole heartedly embrace it are still forced to use watered down language to describe the world around them because the cold hard truth is too much for them to bear.

Now that the government is imploding on itself the status quo has become less of a convenience for people so they are more open to new ideas than ever and the rebels are starting to come out of hiding.

These likeminded people are all around you and the more open that you are about your own beliefs the more sane people you will come across. This doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to get in everyone’s faces about it and create awkward situations for yourself, but it is smart to put out subtle hints and see if anyone picks up on it, then you can find out who may be receptive to your ideas and who may not be worth bothering with. There is no sense in sitting around and beating a dead horse with someone who is not interested, this will only create tension in your personal life and make you believe that the whole world is exactly like the people you end up debating with.

There are kind, intelligent free thinking rebels out there, there are plenty of them, but you are not going to find them by debating people who are deeply entrenched in their own worldview.

Engaging in these debates is still important and valuable but you will be disappointed if you expect to find likeminded people through this process. Again, that’s not too say that you can’t be associate or discuss philosophy with people who disagree with you, because you certainly can and should, but to expand the circle of people who are on the same page as you are, you must be constantly meeting and interacting with new people.

When humanity has gone through times of great change it has rarely been a process that can be defined by a single event, a paradigm shift is typically a slow process in which one by one people slowly began to evolve in their understanding of the world. I would say that the paradigm shift that we are currently experiencing has already begun, and has actually been taking place for decades now.


John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work he is also the owner of a successful music promotion company. In 2013, he became one of the organizers of the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance at

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