Outside the Box: I wish I didn’t know

  Today's post is from a friend who wishes to remain anonymous.  Content note: marital rape Nostalgia is defined as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past, typically for a period or place with happy personal associations. The memories of childhood often evoke feelings of longing for a time when happiness abounded. For … Continue reading Outside the Box: I wish I didn’t know

I can’t save my siblings

Growing up homeschooled means you get a lot more time with your siblings than other kids. As an older sibling, it also means you have much more responsibility for them. My parents told me I didn't need friends, I had my siblings. They also told me I was the example for them, the prototype. This … Continue reading I can’t save my siblings

We’re not just ‘rebels’

In my last post, I talked about why I don't trust authority. Many people like me who were raised in controlling environments tend to not get along with authority outside that context, breeding difficulties in maintaining employment and interacting within society. But the older generations often discount why we'd react this way. "You're just a … Continue reading We’re not just ‘rebels’

I have trust issues with authority

After leaving fundamentalism, some of my friends left organized religion because of spiritual abuse, or identified as anarchists because they'd seen systems of power oppress people. I can't blame them really, even if their choices appear extreme, because I don't trust authority, either. Authority more often uses power to control rather than to protect in my experience, … Continue reading I have trust issues with authority