A couple of weeks back, I was giving an interview. Right after 5-6 mins. through the dialogue, the interviewer bluntly says, “So, basically, you are an anti-establishment kind of a person”. And I am like, “What does that even mean?”.
Now in any other situation, I would have replied with a ,”Hell, yeah!” because the term ‘anti-establishment‘ sounded so cool. (grinning on the inside about the simplicity of the moron who would have said it). But this is my INTERVIEW.
So, restraining the over-confident babe that I am, I decide to test the waters. And I casually ask, ” And why do you think so?” He stares at me and gives me that look implying “Hey girl, I am your interviewer. Dont you know you are not supposed to ask questions to me?”. And his stare changes to confusion and I feel pride when I realize that he is thinking,” Now am I supposed to answer this girl or what?”. Anyways, this interaction is becoming increasingly funny for me to handle so I decide to relieve him of his misery and I respond,”So, I am not sure if I should be asking questions but let me answer you about my seeming anti-establishment.” And I ramble on some deep sh** about some other deep sh** and the topic changes somehow. Victory!!!
But I come back home and that term is still running in my head. I go to the internet, because somehow that’s the most reliable source of information these days, and plunge into it with the term ‘Anti-establishment’. Wikipedia, O yeah!
Wikipedia describes – an anti-establishment view or belief is one which stands in opposition to the conventional social, political, and economic principles of a society. And I start to analyse. Does that reflect a person who –
- Makes friends whom they really like and admire and not to fit in a group
- Does their job as responsibly and attentively as required and not because they are their manager’s puppy
- Likes to go out when in mood and not because someone might feel bad if they didn’t
- Will marry when they wish to and not because the society has set an age-limit to it
- Will have kids when/if they want to and not because the family is hoping for it soon
So, if the above fall against the conventional principles of the society then, yes, I am an ‘anti-establishment’ kind of a person, assuming what Wikipedia taught me is correct. Because an accepted practice going on for too long doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s right.
I am proudly ‘anti-establishment’ because –
Stop Compromising, Start Living!
Am I wrong?