Who Are You?

Who are you that you can tell me what to do? Who are you to tell me that I cannot pirate my digital content, take drugs, have sex with whomever I choose, dress how I want, color my hair how I want? Who are you to tell me that I cannot experiment with myself?

Who the hell are you?

I know who you are. You are the person that thinks my freedoms will give you more freedom than you want to handle. You are the person who thinks that careful regulation of every aspect of a person’s life will somehow protect you. You are self conscious. You think I am looking at you. You are that person who wants to hold on to their own power at the expense of others. You fear change. You are nosy. You have to be involved in other people’s lives. You cannot live on your own. You cannot imagine more. You fear yourself.

Who the hell are you to think you have any power over me? Why do you think I grant you any say over my life? I could care less about you and I care more for you than you will ever know. It is humanity that I love, and not you, and who do you think you are to expect my respect, my love?

I do not answer to you and I do not acknowledge your right to regulate my life. Take your laws of fear and stuff them. LEAVE ME ALONE!

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet. His first published poem, "Roadside Freak Show," arrives on August 21, 2017 in Impossible Archetype.  His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).